Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Geum canadense Jacq.
- Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
- Flowering: May-October
- Field Marks: This species is characterized by its 5 white petals and its spherical, densely bristly
fruits which persist on the plant after it dies.
- Habitat: Rich Woods, along streams, thickets, bogs.
- Habit: Perennial herb with tufted roots.
- Stems: Upright, usually hairy, branched, up to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Basal leaves 3-lobed or divided into 3 or more leaflets, or simple and unlobed, toothed,
hairy, borne on long stalks; stem leaves usually divided into 3-5 sessile leaflets, toothed, hairy.
- Flowers: 1-several from the upper part of the stem, up to 2/3 inch broad, on slender, velvety-hairy stalks.
- Sepals: 5, green, lanceolate, abruptly pointed, turned downward.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, as long as or longer than the sepals.
- Stamens: Numerous.
- Pistils: Numerous; ovaries superior.
- Fruits: Spherical, densely bristly, up to 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Notes: This is a fairly common understory plant in wet to damp areas.
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