Family

Rose.

Colour

Purple.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

North and west.

Time Of Bloom

May-July.

Flowers: large; nodding; terminal; growing sparingly on the flower stems. Calyx: top-shaped, with five spreading lobes. Corolla: of five obcordate petals. Stamens and Pistils: numerous. Styles: long; curved. Fruit: a head of dry akenes. Leaves: pinnately-parted, the upper ones having usually three lobes. Stem: simple.

This is a pretty flower of the swamps and low grounds. Its purple colour is of a peculiar shade; as though it had been mixed on a palette from which the chrome yellow had not been scraped.

Water Avens Purple Avens Geum rivale 83

G. strictum, or yellow avens, has flowers that grow in panicles. They are innocent enough looking; but it is from their pistils that the prickles come out in the late season to test the temper of those wandering in their vicinity.