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Water Avens

Geum rivale

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers borne on long stalks. Pink petals are notched and rounded. Dark red sepals are bell-shaped and nodding, 15mm wide.
Fruit:
Hooked fruits form a bur-like head.
Leaves:
Lower leaves are pinnate. The leaves on the stems are 3-lobed with small stipules at their bases.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The dried or fresh roots can be boiled in water to make a chocolaty drink.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The roots smell of cloves when crushed.
Other Names:
Billy Buttons, Cure-all, Drooping Avens, Indian Chocolate, Nodding Avens, Purple Avens, Soldiers Buttons, Water Flower.
Habitats:
Marshes, rocks.