Geum ‘Firestorm’, Geum, Avens, Grecian Rose, zones 5-9
Greenhouses Farm Market
Not the easiest perennials to please, but where they are happy geums are beautiful border plants. This repeat-blooming Geum (or Avens) is said to be an improvement on ‘Fireball’ with twice the flower power on half the size. It bears branching stems with rounded semi-double flowers of golden yellow, suffused with scarlet-orange towards the petal edges. The overall effect is a warm, glowing apricot orange. Great in the border or in containers, but most effective when planted in a grouping. Vigorous, compact and long blooming. Very showy, will brighten any border. Foliage is evergreen in mild winter regions. Regular deadheading may encourage repeat flowering. Divide every two or 3 years in spring or early fall.
Sun Exposure: a site with morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal
Soil type: all, compost enriched soil that retains moisture
Soil PH: all
Soil Moisture: moist (needs excellent drainage soggy soils are fatal (especially in winter)).
Care level: medium (keep watered) (apply an organic mulch in spring)(deadhead regularly)(mulch and fertilize in fall)
Flower color: gold orange
Bloom time: late spring to late summer
Foliage Color: deep green
Uses and Characteristics: accent, massed, border, container, cut flower, rabbit resistant, attracts butterflies
Flower head size: medium
Height: 30-35 cm (12-14 inches) Width: 40-45 cm (16-18 inches)
Growth Rate: medium
Propagation: Can be short lived where growing conditions are less than ideal. Good idea to divide every 2 or 3 years in spring or early fall to keep them vigorous.
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