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Totally Tangerine Geum

Geum 'Tim's Tangerine'

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Totally Tangerine Geum (Geum 'Tim's Tangerine') at Gertens

Totally Tangerine Geum flowers

Totally Tangerine Geum flowers

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Totally Tangerine Geum (Geum 'Tim's Tangerine') at Gertens

Totally Tangerine Geum in bloom

Totally Tangerine Geum in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Chilean Avens

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

Prolific with large, ruffled flowers that are tangerine in color on tall stems; blooms throughout the summer; green foliage turns burgundy in fall; stunning in borders and perennial beds

Ornamental Features

Totally Tangerine Geum has masses of beautiful orange frilly flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose lobed leaves are green in color. The foliage often turns burgundy in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Totally Tangerine Geum 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.

Totally Tangerine Geum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Totally Tangerine Geum will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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.

Totally Tangerine Geum 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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 experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features