This plant freely seeds and grows in my back garden, and it is one of those that must have always been here.
Also called ‘Wood Avens’, this hairy plant produces flowers individually so there are not many on show at one time. The flowers are bright yellow, with five rounded petals and numerous stamens. The leaves are coarsely toothed and divided into leaflets. The fruits are bur-like, with red, hooked spines.
It flowers May to September, and is found in woodland, hedgerows, verges and other shady habitats. Common and widespread.
Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum). Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2012.