Water Avens - Geum rivale


Short to medium hairy tufted plant. Leaves with 3 to 6 pairs of rounded, deeply lobed leaflets. Stem leaves usually with three lobes. Flowers are nodding bells pale yellow or pinkish, with a purple brown calyx 8 to 15 mm borne in lax branched clusters.

Similar Species

The hybrid with Geum urbanum, Geum x intermedium 


Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Pendent flowers.

Recording advice

A photograph of the plant in its habitat


Old woodland, old grassland and marshes, often in shade.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current VC55 checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as occasional but nearly scarce

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map