No Petals Yet Beauty Still Remains

Herb Bennet Geum urbanum seedhead

After flowers have run their course and have lost their petals I am always on the look out for what come next. Sometimes it can be equally or even more beautiful than what came before.

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Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) seedhead. Front garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

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.