Jun. 5, 2021

herb Bennet, Geum urbanum

Geum or Potentilla? Avens or cinquefoil? They sure can look a lot alike! The principal difference is a joint in the style with Geum. Yeah, and they still look a lot alike? But it's good to know the difference. This Geum has been said to ward off Poisonous snakes, rabid dogs and other evil spirits. Back in reality, the roots of herb Bennet are a traditional flavoring. They share some chemistry and flavor with cloves. Perhaps that's why it was planted at the University of Michigan in 1927. The herbarium has a specimen from that time. The first time it was collected wild in Michigan in 1978 was not far from that 1927 garden. Herb Bennet or wood avens is a Eurasian, found wild here in ID, IL, MA, MI, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VT, WA, WI, NB, ON, and QC. Beal Gardens MSU, 5/28/12. Rose family, Rosaceae.