Geum rivale ‘Norgates Flame’ –
Plucky little performer
Geum rivale ‘Norgates Flame’ is a plucky performer, so well suited to the easy care gardener.
Each petal edge is flamed with soft red, over a sunshine yellow background. All very pretty and simple.
‘Norgates Flame’ produces masses of cheerful, round, sunny single blooms from mid spring, through summer, with some bonus autumn flushes as well.
Quite rightly Dennis Norgate will be beaming down from the great garden in the sky with great pride on his gem of a dwarf Geum.
Decorative in garden & vase
‘Norgates Flame’ provides jauntily vivid garden colour, as well cut flowers for small vases, over many months.
Even the silky seed heads are decorative.
Polite & perfect for a partly shaded garden
Geum rivale is a delightful, and very polite little evergreen perennial clump. So it is perfect for the front edge of a partly shaded garden, or underplanting beneath taller shrubs. It certainly looks elegant underneath either yellow or red roses, and pretty enough for a feature container.
Evergreen, downy foliage rosettes are neat and attractive all year round, so it makes the perfect front edge plant.
A position in Part Shade; Dappled Sun and Shade; or Morning Sun is perfect for Geum rivale. They certainly enjoy protection from the hot afternoon sun.
Given this, then they are hardy, trouble free and undemanding.
Because other than shearing off spent flower stems if you wish to tidy up, there is little to no maintenance work.
As well, they are not prone to any particular pests or diseases.
Very frost hardy
Geum rivale thrive in soils that have been boosted with plenty of compost.
They do not need a lot of water, asking for only average, normal garden watering. But they do not enjoy to dry out for long periods, so they do need that water regularly.
Soil pH from acid to alkaline lime is acceptable to these easy going little charmers.
For those gardeners with damp spots, poorly drained, or places that become downright boggy at times, then Geum rivale is for you, as it can happily tolerate periods of wet.
They are frost hardy to at least -10C.
– Height with flowers: 25cm. clean flower stems above the flat rosette of downy foliage.
– Width: 30cm.
– Position: Part Shade; Dappled Sun and Shade; or Morning Sun. They certainly enjoy protection from the hot afternoon sun in all but the coolest districts.
– Soil: Thrive with additions of compost. Acid or alkaline is acceptable.
– Frost: Very frost hardy in even severe frost areas.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial rosette.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies love foraging among the flowers. Long and repeat blooming is a big help to our pollinator friends.
– Care: Very easy low maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Downy foliage seems to keep Geum rivale further down the menu selection for rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Geum rivale are widespread across the continents in the northern hemisphere, including Europe, North America and Asia, particularly in poorly drained habitats This speaks to the hardiness and adaptability of the plants.
– History: Cheery little Geum rivale have been loved and used by humans for centuries. So they have acquired so many common names, including nodding avens, drooping avens, cure-all, chocolate root and Indian chocolate.
Dennis Norgate was a much loved plantsman, nurseryman and plant breeder from Trentham in Victoria. Dear old Dennis was responsible for the flame of enthusiasm in many of the current generations of gardeners. He caused them to fall in love with hardy, old fashioned perennial plants. He mucked about with his plants until a very ripe old age, and refused to give up gardening despit a bent back and legs. An inspirational gentleman and gardener. His legacy lives on in this delightful dwarf Geum.
– Traditional uses: North American Indian peoples relished the roots, which they boiled up to make a syrup that does indeed have a flavour something like chocolate. Peoples from many cultures traditionally used Geum rivale in their herbal medicine. Many of the treatments involved making teas from the roots which were used in treating diarrhoea and tummy upsets.