White Avens

Biological Name:

Geum canadense (White-Avens)

Natural Habitat:

White avens is a type of flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is typically found in moist, shady areas, such as woods, thickets, and along streambanks.


White-Avens is a perennial herb that is native to North America. It has small white flowers and lobed leaves. It is often found in moist shaded areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is White Avens a native plant?
A: Facts. White avens is a native wildflower that can become weedy due to its affinity for disturbed areas. The Iroquois used a decoction of the whole plant as a love medicine.

Q: Is avens invasive wood?
A: Wood Avens or Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) Flowering from May, the yellow flowers of this tough, invasive native plant are a familiar sight in gardens nowadays.

Q: What is white Avens good for?
A: Avens is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground and the roots are used to make medicine. Avens is used for diarrhea, gas (flatulence), indigestion (dyspepsia), mild gum disease (gingivitis), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Q: Is White Avens poisonous?
A: This plant is easy to grow and as a perennial, provides color year after year. Also known as Geum, Avens are not poisonous to humans, making it a safe option for families with little ones.

Q: Are Creeping avens invasive?
A: Now you can start your own creeping avens garden. But beware, it can be invasive. It also multiplies by seed.”

Q: Is wood avens good for wildlife?
A: Wildlife attracted: The yellow flowers provide nectar for insects, and Wood avens is also a food plant for the Grizzled skipper butterfly.

Q: Is wood avens good for bees?
A: This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.

Q: What eats white Avens?
A: Insects that feed on the foliage of White Avens and other Aven species (Geum spp.) consist primarily of aphids, including Acyrthosiphon pseudodirhodum, Amphorophora rossi (White Avens is the preferred host plant), Macrosiphum gei, Macrosiphum pallidum, and Macrosiphon pseudorosae.

Q: What are avens good for?
A: Overview. Avens is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground and the roots are used to make medicine. Avens is used for diarrhea, gas (flatulence), indigestion (dyspepsia), mild gum disease (gingivitis), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Q: Do you cut geums back in winter?
A: Deadhead after flowering, and cut back to ground level from late autumn or at any time during the winter. Divide every three years in the spring, to keep Geums young and fresh. They spread through rhizomes, so simply dig some up during the growing season, and replant elsewhere.

Q: Is White Avens edible?
A: Edible Uses The boiled roots are a chocolate substitute[183]. The roots are also gathered in spring before the plant comes into growth and are used as a flavouring and preservative in ale[207].

Q: Is the camas flower poisonous?
A: Toxic Principle: Death camas has several steroidal alkaloids similar to those found in Veratrum (false hellebore). The bulb and mature leaves are most toxic. The alkaloids have potent hypotensive activity.

Q: Is white Camas poisonous?
A: When they graze, as little as a half a pound of leaves consumed can be deadly. The mature leaves and the bulbs are most toxic. Symptoms of poisoning by death camas include vomiting and excessive salivation, tremors, weakness, loss of control over body movements, convulsions, and coma.

Q: Are avens weeds?
A: Herb bennet (Geum urbanum) or wood avens has yellow, strawberry-like flowers followed by distinctive fruits with burrs. The flowers are attractive to insects and the roots and leaves are used by herbalists but it can be a common weed of shady borders.

Q: Is White Avens a perennial?
A: White Avens is an erect native perennial plant, 1 to 2 feet high. Stems are slightly hairy above, more so lower, round, slender and occasionally branched. The upper stem will develop into a branched cluster of up to three flower stalks.

Q: Should you deadhead avens?
A: Some types of Avens bloom in the spring and summer, while others exclusively bloom during the summer. All Avens benefit from being deadheaded. Flowers can be removed anytime after they start to fade or decline. Pinch back the flowers at the base of the bud.

Q: Do Surfinas come back every year?
A: Petunias are perennial, although most bedding types are grown as annuals from seed each year. The trailing varieties, such as Surfinias, are perennial and are grown from cuttings or new plants.

Q: Do wildflower mixes come back every year?
A: Yes, both native annual and perennial species will return year after year once they become established and are allowed to reseed. Natural reseeding of exotic garden varieties and “Domesticated”” species may range from significant to minimal depending on the variety and environmental factors.”

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.