White Avens

Geum canadense

native


Other Names:
Grand Birch, Texas Avens


White Avens is a native plant found throughout Virginia. It is in the rose family and resembles other members of that family, such as strawberries and blackberries. The flowers attract various insects who suck nectar, including bees, wasps, flies, and beetles; some bees also collect pollen. Various plant species are capable of producing their own herbicides, or phytotoxins, to prevent other plants from growing near them. The Black Walnut tree produces such phytotoxins, but White Avens is resistant to them.

Identification Tools

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Ranges

North America Virginia

White Avens
A White Avens plant showing new spring 3-part leaves emerging from the more complex leaves that persist through winter

White Avens
The new spring leaves here are a lighter spring green, while the winter leaves are a darker green.

White Avens
A single plant with green seeds

White Avens
The complex dark green leaves of the winter rosette

White Avens
White Avens in bloom

White Avens
A single plant with green seeds

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White Avens going to seed

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