Plant of the Month for February 2021

Geum elatum
Geum elatum

Description and General Information:
This is a clumping plant with evergreen, pinnate leaves 10-25 cm long. The flowers stems arise 15-30 cm, topped with a loose cluster of 2-4 cm diameter yellow or red flowers. It is native to the Himalayas of Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and Sichuan, growing in open, grassy meadows, open woodlands and sub-alpine regions at elevations 2700-4300 m. This species has been recently renamed Acomastylis elatum.

Cultivation:
This avens may be grown in full sun to light shade. The soil should be well-drained but not droughty. It is not fussy about the soil pH. It is hardy at least to zone 5.

Blooming Season:
Blooms from May in the south to August in the north.

Propagation:
By seeds or division.

Cuttings:
N/A

Seeds:
This species sometimes germinates without stratification but if after 10 weeks there is no germination, try stratifying seeds for 10 weeks. They should,be surface sown.

Division:
Larger clumps may be dug and divided n early spring or after flowering.

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