A genus comprising both alpine and taller forms
common to temperate regions.
The leaves are oblong and lobed and form a rosette
from which rise slender stems, bearing single
or double flowers.
The most important species is Geum quellyon (syn.
Geum chiloense), a native of Chile, known also
as Geum coccineum in error.
Of its variations grandiflorum, with double flowers,
one and a half inches across, several to a stem
and reaching a height of one and a half feet,
is probably responsible for the popular varieties
“Mrs Bradshaw”, red, and “Lady
Geum montanum has flowers of rather less size,
and the effective orange-flowered Geum heldreichii
splendens, reaching a height not exceeding one
foot, is believed to owe its origin to this species.
Geum borisii has rich orange-scarlet flowers.
Geums are among the easier of border perennials
to cultivate and, provided they are given a position
in full sun and a soil that is rich and well drained,
no difficulties are to be expected in their cultivation.
Propagation is by means of seeds or division.
The flowering season is from early summer onwards.
See Also : Geum