Geum rivale (name means "good taste," referring to the pleasant taste of the roots of several species). - Family, Rose. Color, purple. Calyx, 5-divided, of a brownish purple color. Petals, 5, large, notched, contracted below into claws. Stamens, many. Style, jointed in the middle, the upper half feathery. Fruit, a head of dry achenes. A plant about 2 feet high, found in bogs and wet meadows, with several large nodding flowers on an unbranched stem. Leaves mostly from the root, irregularly and deeply parted. A few on stem, 3-lobed, or divided into 3 leaflets. May to July.
Low, wet meadows and bogs from New Jersey and Pennsylvania northward.