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    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens

    Geum 'Mrs. Bradshaw'

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    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens (Geum 'Mrs. Bradshaw') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens flowers

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens flowers

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    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens (Geum 'Mrs. Bradshaw') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens in bloom

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Plant Height:  12 inches

    Flower Height:  24 inches

    Spacing:  10 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Other Names:  Chilean Avens, Double Bloody Mary Geum

    Ornamental Features

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens has scarlet flowers with yellow anthers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose lobed leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

    Mrs. Bradshaw Avens is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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