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Geum triflorum - Pursh.

Common Name Purple Avens, Old man's whiskers, Prairie Smoke
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 1-5
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp places and mountain screes[187].
Range N. America - Newfoundland and New York, west to British Columbia and south to California.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Geum triflorum Purple Avens, Old man


Geum triflorum Purple Avens, Old man
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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Variable spread.


Physical Characteristics

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Geum triflorum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 1. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

A decoction of the roots is a tea substitute[183, 257]. It tastes like a weak sassafras tea[212]. A brew was used in Indian sweat houses as a body wash for aches and pains[207].

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Medicinal Uses

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Ophthalmic  Salve  Tonic

A strong decoction of the roots is used as a tonic in the treatment of severe coughs and fevers[207, 257]. This decoction can also be used as an eye wash and as a mouth wash for sore throats[213, 257]. An infusion of the roots, mixed with oil, can be applied as a salve to sores, rashes, blisters and flesh wounds[257]. An infusion can also be used as a wash for aching joints, stiff sore muscles etc[257].

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Other Uses

Essential

The crushed ripe seeds are used as a perfume[207, 257].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Ground cover. Easily grown in any moderately good garden soil that is well-drained[1]. Prefers a soil rich in organic matter[200]. Prefers a rather damp soil[187]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer' Division in spring or autumn. This should be done every 3 - 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant[200]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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