Herb: White Avens
Latin name: Geum canadense
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of White Avens:The boiled roots are a chocolate substitute. The roots are also gathered in spring before the plant comes into growth and are used as a flavouring and preservative in ale.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rich thickets and borders of woods in various soils.
Propagation of White Avens:Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer" Division in spring or autumn. This should be done every 3 - 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Cultivation of the herb:Rich thickets and borders of woods in various soils.
Medicinal use of White Avens:None known
Known hazards of Geum canadense:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.