GEUM Alpine Geum

The ordinary Geums, such as ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ and ‘Lady Stratheden’, are a common sight in the herbaceous border, but the dwarf forms are not often grown in the rock garden. There is no particular reason for this – neither of them is difficult and the large yellow flowers are attractive. They are true alpines, growing wild in the Swiss Alps and deserve to be more popular. The blooms are certainly more colourful than those of Edelweiss!

VARIETIES: The species you are likely to find is G. montanum. The rough, wrinkled leaves grow in tufts and in summer the short flowering stems appear, bearing 1 in. bowl-shaped yellow flowers. Its basic details are height 9 in., spread 1 ft.

Flowering period: May-July. G. reptans has the same basic details but the growth habit is quite different. Long red stolons spread out from the plant, producing rosettes of leaves where rooting takes place.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in spring.

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