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Common Name: Yellow Avens
Geum aleppicum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, Asia, N. America.
Thickets and grassy places in lowland and low mountains of N. Japan[
Easily grown in any moderately good garden soil that is well-drained[
]. Prefers a soil rich in organic matter[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
Young leaves - cooked[
]. Used in spring.
The plant is anodyne[
]. It is used in the treatment of sores, wounds and skin diseases[
The root is astringent, diaphoretic and febrifuge[
]. A decoction has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, fevers, children's coughs, sore teeth and sore throats[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer'
Division in spring or autumn. This should be done every 3 - 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.