Geum vernum (Raf.) Torr. & A.Gray
Family: Rosaceae
spring avens
[Stylypus vernus Raf.]
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Etymology: Geum: an ancient Latin name used by Pliny for this group
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-24" tall forb
Leaves: some basal leaves long-stalked, almost undivided; stem leaves pinnately-divided to 3-parted
Flowers: yellow to white, 5-parted, 1/8" wide, petals the same length as the sepals; blooms April-May
Fruits: dry seed, in short stalked cluster
Habitat: woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native