Avens Geum 'Blazing Sunset' (d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
avens 'Blazing Sunset'


Geum 'Blazing Sunset' is a striking perennial plant admired for its vibrant floral display. This flashy bloomer is known for its large, semi-double to fully double flowers that resemble fluffy pompoms. The blooms exhibit a fiery red hue, which makes a bold statement in the garden when they appear above the foliage. The foliage itself consists of a low mound of rough, hairy leaves that are usually green in color, providing a nice textural contrast to the glossy smoothness of many other garden plants. The leaves are often pinnately lobed, giving them a somewhat fernlike or deeply toothed appearance. The flowers of Geum 'Blazing Sunset' perch atop wiry, branching stems which emerge from the basal clump of leaves. These stems can be quite sturdy and hold the flowers well, ensuring that the showy blossoms stand out even more prominently. The petals of the flower have a slightly ruffled appearance, contributing to the overall frilly and ornate look of the blooms. In summary, Geum 'Blazing Sunset' presents an eye-catching spectacle with fluffy, ruffled, fire-engine red flowers that rise above a contrasting backdrop of rough-textured greenery. It's a robust addition to any garden setting, especially for enthusiasts looking to infuse a shot of color into their landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Avens, Double Bloody Mary

    • Common names

      Geum 'Blazing Sunset'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Avens is generally not considered toxic to humans, and there is limited information available about its toxicity. However, as with any plant, individual sensitivities can vary, and it is always best to avoid ingesting any part of a plant unless it is known to be safe for consumption.

    • To pets

      Avens is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. However, as with humans, individual animals may have sensitivities, and it is wise to prevent pets from ingesting plants that are not confirmed to be safe for them. If you suspect your pet has ingested Avens and is showing symptoms of distress, consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: Geum 'Blazing Sunset' is known for attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden.
    • Easy to care for: This plant is low maintenance and does not require complex gardening skills to thrive.
    • Long blooming season: It offers long-lasting flowers from late spring to early autumn.
    • Drought-tolerant: Once established, it has good drought resistance, making it suitable for drier climates or water-wise gardens.
    • Colorful addition to garden: The vivid red-orange flowers provide a striking display that can enhance the visual appeal of any garden.
    • Suitable for cutting: The flowers are excellent for cutting and bring color and life to indoor arrangements.
    • Hardy: It’s cold-hardy and can survive in a range of temperatures, making it suitable for many different climates.
    • Resistant to pests and diseases: It has a natural resistance to many common garden pests and diseases.
    • Good for borders and beds: The plant is ideal for border edging or as a colorful addition to perennial beds.
    • Non-invasive: Unlike some garden plants, Geum 'Blazing Sunset' does not have a tendency to spread uncontrollably, making it a responsible choice for the garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Edible garnish: The petals of the Avens can be used to add color and a mild flavor to salads or desserts.
    • Natural dye: The flowers can produce a subtle dye for fabrics or paper.
    • Crafts: Dried Avens flowers can be incorporated into potpourri or used in dried floral arrangements.
    • Garden design: This plant can be used in rock gardens or along borders for dramatic summer color.
    • Erosion control: Avens can be planted on slopes to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Culinary herb: In some traditions, the leaves are used as a seasoning herb, much like you would use other culinary herbs.
    • Photography: Because of its vibrant color, Avens can be the subject for botanical photography.
    • Companion planting: Avens can be planted alongside vegetables to attract pollinators to the garden.
    • Wildlife garden: This plant can provide nectar for bees and other beneficial insects.
    • Biodegradable confetti: Dried petals of Avens can be used as a natural and biodegradable confetti for celebrations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Avens is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Avens is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Passion: The deep red hue of the 'Blazing Sunset' Avens is often associated with strong emotions and ardor, paralleling the intensity of a fiery sunset.
    • Warmth: With its bright, warm-colored petals, the plant symbolizes a sense of warmth and comfort, similar to the feeling of a sunlit day.
    • Transformation: The dramatic change in color from bud to bloom can represent personal growth or transformation.
    • Vitality: Avens are hardy plants that thrive in various conditions, symbolizing health and vitality.
    • Balance: The plant’s ability to add vibrant color while still fitting in with its natural surroundings can symbolize the balance of maintaining one's personal identity within a community.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Avens, commonly known as 'Blazing Sunset', should be watered deeply once a week, ensuring that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During hot, dry spells, increase watering frequency to twice a week. Apply approximately one to two gallons of water per plant, depending on the size and the soil's ability to retain moisture. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant, allowing the soil to absorb moisture directly. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Avens prefer full sun to partial shade, thriving best in a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. A spot that offers morning sunlight and some afternoon shade is ideal, especially in hotter climates. Ensure the plant is not shaded by taller plants or structures to keep it healthy and blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    'Blazing Sunset' Avens flourish in a range of temperatures, tolerating a minimum of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit but cannot withstand prolonged periods of extreme cold. They perform best in temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants can handle heat well but may require additional watering and protection from the hottest afternoon sun in areas where temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Avens, like 'Blazing Sunset', encourages a tidier plant and may lead to more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming throughout the season. Cut back the foliage in late fall or early spring to maintain shape and encourage healthy new growth. The best time for pruning is after the main blooming cycle has finished.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Avens 'Blazing Sunset' thrives best in a well-draining, fertile loam with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. A mix of two-thirds garden soil and one-third compost or well-rotted manure will enrich the soil and improve drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Avens 'Blazing Sunset' does not typically require frequent repotting as it is a hardy perennial. Repotting can be done every 3-4 years or when the plant outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Avens 'Blazing Sunset' prefers moderate humidity levels but is adaptable and can tolerate the varying humidity levels typically found in an outdoor garden environment.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, ensure proper drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to partial shade with good soil drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The 'Blazing Sunset' avens begins its life cycle with seed germination in spring, where the seeds require light to germinate and can be sown on the surface of the soil. Following germination, seedlings grow to establish a root system and foliage, thriving best in well-drained soils with full to partial sun exposure. As the plant matures, it forms a low-growing, mounded clump of hairy, pinnate, green leaves from which tall, wiry stems rise, bearing semi-double to fully double, fiery red flowers from late spring to early summer. After flowering, if the spent blooms are not deadheaded, the plant may set seed, which can self-sow under optimal conditions. In the autumn, 'Blazing Sunset' avens enters a period of dormancy, with the foliage dying back as temperatures drop. The plant resumes growth from its perennial rootstock with the return of warmer weather in the following spring, completing the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Geum 'Blazing Sunset', often referred to as the Avens 'Blazing Sunset', is commonly propagated through division, which is both efficient and simple. The best time for this process is in early spring or autumn when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, carefully lift the entire plant out of the ground using a spade or fork, ensuring you preserve as much of the root system as possible. Gently separate the plant into smaller clumps, making sure each clump has a good portion of roots and a few shoots. Replant the divisions promptly at the same depth they were originally growing and water them well to help establish them. Each newly planted clump will grow into a separate plant, mirroring the characteristics of the original Avens 'Blazing Sunset'.