Herb Bennet

Geum urbanum

Herb Bennet Geum urbanum

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.

Herb Bennet Geum urbanum seedhead

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.

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4 thoughts on “Herb Bennet

  1. What a lot of stamens. I’ve never heard of this herb before, but its in my Modern Herbal by Mrs Grieve. Gerard and Culpepper mention it in medieval herbals too.

    By the way, do you have Mrs Grieve’s weighty book? My edition was published in 1992 right about when I was studying Herbal Medicine. It seems to be the most comprehensive Herbal I’ve ever seen. Not light reading, but definitely a worthwhile reference book to have (despite the info on the internet these days).

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