Wood Avens

Geum urbanum

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About

A common plant of hedgerows and woodlands, Wood Avens is also known as 'Herb Bennet'. Small, quickly drooping, yellow flowers appear on slender stems from May to August and are a good source of nectar. Wood Avens is also a foodplant of the caterpillars of the Grizzled Skipper Butterfly.

How to identify

Wood Avens is a hairy plant with downy, three-lobed leaves and yellow flowers with five petals. The flowers appear in loose clusters and are replaced by spiky seed heads with red hooks that can easily get picked up by passing animals.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for a range of flowers, from drooping Wood Avens to fragrant Ramsons, showy Bluebells to delicate Wood Anemones. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting and ride maintenance open up the woodland floor to the sun, helping many flowers and plants to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about woodland wildlife.

Species information

Common name
Wood Avens
Latin name
Geum urbanum
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 50cm
Conservation status
Common.