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Avens

Avens

The scarlet avens was to be found generally in the Victorian country cottage garden rather than the town or more formal garden.

The avens was a rosaceous plant, and Victorian England had two ‘wildings’ of the tribe – the common aven (Geum Urbanum) which had yellow flowers, and the water avens (G. rivale) which had nodding flowers of purple and orange. The scarlet avens was an introduced plant from Chili and there were two or three varieties of it in cultivation.

Hibberd believed it should be more widely used in the town garden, where it would make a valuable contribution to flower borders with moist peaty or sandy soil.

Information and image taken from F. Edward Hulme and Shirley Hibberd, Familiar Garden Flowers (Cassell, Peter, Galpin and Co.: London: c. 1890), 5 vols.

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