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Geum ‘Wet Kiss’ (Avens)

Wet Kiss Avens

Geum Wet Kiss, Wet Kiss Avens, Red Geum, Red Avens, Red Flowers
Geum Wet Kiss, Wet Kiss Avens, Red Geum, Red Avens, Red Flowers

Geum ‘Wet Kiss’ is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with ruffled, semi double to single, vermilion flowers, 1 in. across (3 cm), paling to peachy orange as they mature, creating a lovely bicolor effect. Each plant may produce up to 100 flowers. Blooming profusely for 3-4 weeks from mid to late spring, they rise on sparsely leafed burgundy stems, well above the fresh and lush foliage of incised green leaves. Vigorous and disease resistant, Wet Kiss belongs to the Cocktail Series.

  • Grows up to 14 in. tall and wide (35 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.
  • Excellent in perennial borders, butterfly 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
  • 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 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 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 Avens, Geum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
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, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 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 Avens, Geum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
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, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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