Thursday, 2 August 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Three Flowering Avens

Description: Three-Flowered Avens features unusual nodding rose flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. It's tomentose narrow compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The plum purple fruits are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from mid summer to early fall. Small clusters of burgundy flowers that change to feathery seed pods in the fall. Found on sunny hillsides, meadows, ditches. In Prairies, Foothills, Rocky Mountains. Also Known As: Lies on its Bell, Old Man's Whiskers, Prairie Smoke

Hardy: Zone 3 (can handle extreme conditions, zone 2 hardy as well)

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Height: 10''- 12''

Spacing: 12''

Sun Needs: Full Sun to part shade

Water Needs: Medium, prefers well drained soil

Outstanding Features:Attracts butterflies and birds. If flowers are left they will change in characteristic over the spring - fall season.

Uses: Cut flowers, dried flowers, boarders, prairie/wild flower gardens, mass planting.
Aboriginal Peoples Uses: Boiled root extract can be used for eyewash. Can be boiled down to form a gel, which is used as an ointment on cuts and sores. Seeds can be boiled to make tea to be gurgled for sore throats. Seed pods can also be crushed and used as a perfume.

Tips: Cut back in fall for winter prep. Deer resistant.

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