Geum ‘Firestorm’, Geum,  Avens, Grecian Rose, zones 5-9


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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.