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Herbaceous Perennial

Geum 'Bell Bank'
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avens 'Bell Bank'

'Bell Bank' is a compact, clump-forming perennial to 45cm tall, 40cm wide, with lobed basal leaves and reddish-brown stems bearing several, slightly nodding, bell-shaped, semi-double coppery-pink flowers in late spring. The bells open wide at maturity, the overlapping petals giving a frilled appearance and surrounding a boss of yellow and brownish stamens. Buds are deep reddish-brown. Feathery seed-heads may follow, but are sterile

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Purple Pink Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Geum are rhizomatous perennials, occasionally spreading by stolons, with a basal rosette of pinnately lobed leaves and saucer-shaped flowers in loose clusters

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Suitable for the rock garden or front of borders. Avoid soil that is waterlogged in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in winter or propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering; cut back the old stems after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by sawfly larvae and leaf miner

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews

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