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Common Name: White Avens
Geum canadense is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Ontario, Georgia, Minnesota and Kansas.
Rich thickets and borders of woods in various soils[
Easily grown in any moderately good garden soil that is well-drained[
]. Prefers a soil rich in organic matter[
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
The boiled roots are a chocolate substitute[
]. The roots are also gathered in spring before the plant comes into growth and are used as a flavouring and preservative in ale[
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.