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Geum ‘Fireball’ (Avens)

Fireball' Avens

Geum 'Fireball', 'Fireball' Avens, Orange Geum, Orange Avens, Orange Flowers

Long-lasting and regarded as one of the most impressive orange blooming perennials in the spring, Geum ‘Fireball’ is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with profuse and large (1.5 in. or 4 cm across), orange-yellow, semi-double flowers appearing in late spring through early summer. The blooms are adorned with a lovely red edge and never fail to attract the attention of onlookers. They give way to attractive, fluffy seed heads. Borne on sparsely leafed wiry stems, they rise well above the handsome and lush foliage of lobed basal leaves.

  • Forms a spreading mound of evergreen, coarsely textured, green leaves, up to 26-30 in. high (65-75 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Enjoys full sun to part shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Moist, fertile soils are preferred. Needs afternoon shade in hot, humid climates. It is not a “tough-as-nails” plant, but with basic care and decent soil conditions it will thrive with little effort.
  • Excellent in perennial bordersbutterfly gardens, rock gardens or cottage gardens. Well suited to containers too! Very useful and adaptable in the garden, it is easy to grow.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, it is a real magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees!
  • No serious pest or disease problems. May occasionally be attacked by sawfly larvae
  • Sow Geum seeds directly in the garden in the spring or summer, up until 2 months before the first killing frost. Seeds may be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last killing frost.
  • Remove spent flower stems to promote further blooms and cut back after flowering is over.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in winter or propagate by division in spring or fall

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Geum
Common names Geum, Avens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Geum
Common names Geum, Avens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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