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White Avens

Geum canadense

Other common name(s):

Family:

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Carbonate Cross Timbers, Eastern Cross Timbers, Grand Prairie, Limestone Cut Plain, Western Cross Timbers
Bastrop Lost Pines, Floodplains and Low Terraces2, Northern Post Oak Savanna, Northern Prairie Outliers, San Antonio Prairie, Southern Post Oak Savanna
Balcones Canyonlands
Floodplains and Low Terraces1, Northern Blackland Prairie, Southern Blackland Prairie
Flatwoods, Floodplains and Low Terraces3, Pleistocene Fluvial Terraces, Red River Bottomlands, Southern Tertiary Uplands, Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Groundcover

Height

1
to
1.5
ft.

Spread

0.5
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Semi Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Clay, Acid, Calcareous, Moist, Dry

Light Requirement

Part Shade, Shade

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White

Bloom Season

Spring

Seasonal Interest

Nectar

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies

Maintenance

Low maintenance, drought tolerant in a woodland setting. This is a short-lived perennial. Allow to reseed to keep up an attractive ground cover. Is most impressive when grown in mass. Mow if bur-like seeds are not wanted. Propagation: Seed.

Comments

Blooms March-August. Semi-evergreen groundcover. Compound leaves resemble those of strawberries. Small white flowers are typical of the rose family. Bur-like seeds stick to everything. Attracts butterflies.

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=GECA7. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Geum+canadense&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=21350&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=24645#null
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