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Yellow Avens
Geum aleppicum

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum) Other common names: Common Avens

Other scientific names: Geum canadense, Geum strictum

French names: Benoîte d'Alep

Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Group: Avens

Distinctive features: Small yellow flowers; grows in the woods.

Similar species:
  •   Catlings Avens (Geum X catlingii) - Sparser and paler yellow flowers. Stem thinner.

  •   White Avens (Geum canadense) - White flowers.

  •   Wood Avens (Geum urbanum) - Has large stipules surrounding the stem. Stem is thinner.

  •   Water Avens (Geum rivale) - The flowers are very different.

Flowers: Summer;  Yellow;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Toothed

Habitat: Forests, Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 238    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 136    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 367   

Native/Non-native: Native

Notes: Commonly and easily confused with Wood Avens, which is in fact a non-native species.

Photographs: 38 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Yellow Avens yellow flower.

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Note that the stipules of Yellow Avens are much smaller than those of Wood Avens (Geum urbanum). This is a distinguishing feature.

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Upper part of a Yellow Avens plant.

Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Comparison of leaves between Wood Avens (left) and Yellow Avens (right).


Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

Seeds forming.

Range map for Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)