Geum virginianum L.
Common Name: PALE AVENS
Coefficient of Conservatism: 6
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb
Status: SC

Openings, edges, and sunnier slopes in open forests.

Geum virginianum has the aspect of G. canadense in trifoliolate leaves and fewer-carpeled heads (than G. aleppicum and G. laciniatum), but the coarsely toothed terminal leaflet is usually much larger than the lateral ones, the stipules are much longer than in G. canadense (the largest 2 cm or more long), and the petals are pale yellow rather than pure white when fresh and shorter than the sepals. The stem (but not the pedicels) is even hairier than in G. laciniatum, which has more achenes in a head and a glabrous receptacle.

When growing with Geum canadense, as is often the case, G. virginianum starts to blooms when G. canadense is already past peak with many flowers in young fruit.


Calhoun County
Cass County
Jackson County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Monroe County
Washtenaw County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. February 26, 2021.