Geum 'Blazing Sunset' flowers
(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Chilean Avens, Double Bloody Mary Geum
Prolific with larger blooms than other varieties; semi-double ruffled carnation-like scarlet-red flowers are shockingly brilliant in the sun; blooms throughout the summer
Blazing Sunset Avens has tomato-orange frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's tomentose lobed leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Blazing Sunset 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 perennial, 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.
Blazing Sunset Avens is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Container Planting
Blazing Sunset Avens will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. 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 perennial 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 zones. This plant can be propagated by division.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.