Water Avens


Geum rivale

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Plant in 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch plastic pot

Light: part shade to full sun
Moisture: medium to moist
Soil: sandy loam, loam, acidic soil
Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 1 foot

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An alternative name for this plant is Chocolate Root, due to the fact that when boiled, the root yields a liquid that tastes faintly like chocolate. This is a moisture-loving herbaceous perennial, often found in boggy or swampy conditions. The flowers are long blooming (from late spring to late summer), and are drooping and bell-shaped, in an ivory/pink shade. Each flower is surrounded by a brownish-purple calyx. Species grows in moist to wet, well drained, and acidic soils; in full sun to part shade. Great for pond edges, borders, and gravel or rock gardens.

If you are looking for a similar-looking flower that thrives in dry conditions, Prairie Smoke would be a good alternative.

Ontario Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)

Photo credits:  H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, Davis Landscape Architecture, and William Starkey.

Additional information

Weight.10 kg
Dimensions6 × 6 × 30 cm
Light Requirements

Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade, Partial Shade

Moisture Requirements

Medium, Moist

Soil Requirements

Loam, Sandy Loam



Flower Colour

Pink, Purple, White/Cream

Bloom Period

Spring, Summer