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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Geum urbanum

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  • Seed head
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  • Top of leaf stem, showing first flower buds forming

Scientific Name:   Geum urbanum
Common Name:   Wood Avens, Herb Bennet

Geum urbanum, more commonly known as Wood Avens or Herb Bennet, is a rather straggly plant growing to 60cm in height, with hairy stems and pinnate leaves. The open, erect, yellow flowers look a bit like the cinquefoils, but are rather small and inconspicuous by comparison, turning into tight, slightly prickly fruit-heads.

It is a winter-green perennial of free draining mildly acidic to calcareous soils and likes semi shaded areas where competition from more dominant species is kept in check. It is therefore found in habitats such as hedgerows, woodland edges, coppiced woodlands and new or secondary woodlands.

Regeneration is almost entirely by seed which can be dispersed a considerable distance when caught in clothing or fur. Flowers June to August and is found throughout the UK except N. Scotland and Scottish Highlands.
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