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Hybrid Geum

Geum x intermedium

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, marshes, riversides, rocky places, scrub, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.

Purple, 5 petals
The pendant, bell-shaped flowers have maroon stalks. The yellow petals are round and well-spaced. The sepals are purplish.
The fruit is globular and is covered in many hooked projections.
The lower leaves are pinnate. Leaves are stalkless. The leaflets are toothed. Stem leaves are 3-lobed. The Hybrid Geum is a cross between Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) and Water Avens (Geum rivale). Perennial.
Other Names:
Hybrid Avens, Intermedium Avens.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Geum x intermedium, commonly known as the intermedium avens or hybrid avens, is a hybrid species of flowering plant in the rose family. It is a hybrid between Geum urbanum and Geum rivale.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant, typically growing to be around 30-50 cm tall. The leaves are basal, lobed, and have a serrated margin. The flowers are usually pink, orange or yellow, and they have five petals. They appear in late spring to early summer. These plants have a clumping habit and typically spread by underground rhizomes, which makes it useful for ground cover. It is hardy, easy to grow and tolerant to most soil types. They are also attractive to pollinators, making them useful for pollinator gardens.


Hybrid Geum, also known as Geum x intermedium, is a beautiful and versatile perennial plant that has become increasingly popular among gardeners in recent years. This plant is a hybrid between two species of Geum, Geum rivale and Geum reptans, and as such, it exhibits traits from both parent plants.

One of the most notable features of Hybrid Geum is its striking flowers, which bloom in late spring and early summer. These flowers typically have five petals and come in shades of yellow, orange, and red. They are also relatively large, measuring between 1 and 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are held on tall, wiry stems that rise above the foliage, making them an eye-catching addition to any garden.

Hybrid Geum is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in a variety of garden conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade, but it can also tolerate full sun if provided with enough moisture. In terms of care, it should be watered regularly during the growing season, and any dead or damaged foliage should be removed to promote healthy growth.

One of the great things about Hybrid Geum is that it is a long-blooming plant. Its flowers typically last for several weeks, and deadheading can encourage it to continue blooming throughout the summer. This makes it an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a plant that will provide color and interest for an extended period.

In addition to its attractive flowers, Hybrid Geum also has a dense and compact growth habit. Its foliage is low-growing and forms a neat clump, making it an excellent choice for groundcover or as a border plant. It is also relatively resistant to pests and diseases, further adding to its appeal as a garden plant.

One of the unique aspects of Hybrid Geum is that it is a hybrid plant, which means it exhibits characteristics from both parent plants. Geum rivale, also known as Water Avens, is a moisture-loving plant that is native to wetland areas. It has smaller flowers that are typically pink or purple and prefers to grow in damp soil. Geum reptans, on the other hand, is a low-growing plant that is native to woodland areas. It has larger, more vibrant flowers that range from orange to red, and it prefers well-drained soil and partial shade. Hybrid Geum combines the best traits of both parent plants, making it a hardy and adaptable plant that can thrive in a range of garden conditions.

Hybrid Geum can also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden. Its flowers are rich in nectar and pollen, making them a valuable food source for these important insects. By planting Hybrid Geum in the garden, gardeners can help to support local pollinator populations and promote biodiversity.

Another benefit of Hybrid Geum is that it is relatively easy to propagate. It can be propagated by division or by taking stem cuttings, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to increase their plant stock or share with friends and family.

In terms of design, Hybrid Geum is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of garden settings. It can be planted in a mixed border or used as a low-growing groundcover. It can also be planted in containers, where its vibrant flowers can be enjoyed up close. Additionally, Hybrid Geum can be combined with other perennials, such as Salvia or Nepeta, to create a stunning and colorful display.

Hybrid Geum is also a great plant for attracting wildlife to the garden. Besides pollinators, it can also attract birds that feed on the plant's seed heads. The seed heads are also an attractive feature, remaining on the plant well into the fall, providing visual interest and texture to the garden even after the flowers have faded.

One of the other benefits of Hybrid Geum is that it is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It is not prone to many pests or diseases, and it does not require frequent fertilization or watering. It is also relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it a good choice for gardeners in areas with low rainfall or water restrictions.

When it comes to planting Hybrid Geum, it is important to choose the right location. The plant prefers well-draining soil, so it is important to amend heavy soils with organic matter before planting. It also prefers partial shade to full sun, although it can tolerate full sun if provided with enough moisture.

Hybrid Geum can also be used as a cut flower, as its vibrant blooms make an attractive addition to floral arrangements. When cutting the flowers, it is important to choose stems with buds that have not fully opened, as these will last longer in a vase.

In terms of maintenance, deadheading spent blooms can encourage Hybrid Geum to continue blooming throughout the summer. In the fall, the plant should be cut back to the ground to prevent the accumulation of dead foliage that can harbor pests and diseases.

In conclusion, Hybrid Geum is a versatile and attractive plant that is well-suited to a range of garden settings. With its vibrant flowers, low-maintenance growth habit, and ability to attract wildlife, it is a valuable addition to any garden. Whether used as a border plant, groundcover, or as a focal point, Hybrid Geum is sure to add color and interest to the garden for years to come.

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