Avens White; Geum Canadense; Cool Climate Plant for Hot Chocolate
Geum Canadense - pretty Groundcover in Shade
White Avens is a nice addition to your forest garden. This unassuming plant has small white flowers and makes a good groundcover. This is a low growing herb, 5 to 7 cm high.
Make 'Indian Chocolate' with White Avens:
The roots were used to make a chocolate like drink called Indian chocolate. Apparently, white avens has been used in Indian medicine for digestive disorders. The roots are also gathered in spring before the plant comes into growth and are used as a flavouring and preservative in ale - something for the adventurous homebrewer!
How to Grow Geum Canadense/ White Avens:
White Avens is herbaceous, thrives in light shade to partial sun, prefers moist soils. This plant is immune to phytotoxins released by Black Walnut trees and so can grow near such trees. It is fully frost hardy, but very probably dislikes warmer regions.
Other common names: Texan avens
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