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Herbaceous Perennial

Geum 'Primrose Cottage'
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avens 'Primrose Cottage'

A clump-forming perennial to 30cm tall with lobed, hairy, mid green leaves. Reddish stems bear nodding, single, pale lemon-yellow flowers with lightly ruffled petals tinged pink along the edges, which appear from late spring to summer

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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 Red Yellow Pink Green
Summer Red Yellow Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn for home use

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Cut back flowered stems to the ground to encourage more flowering throught the season

Pests

May be susceptible to geum sawflies

Diseases

Generally disease-free but may be affected by powdery mildews in dry soil

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