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Geum urbanum

Benoîte commune
Herb Bennet

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

5-7 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Trifoliate

Height

20-60 cm

Description

Geum comes from Greek meaning ‘to produce a nice smell’, referring to the clove scented rhizome, 3-7 cm long, 1-2 cm thick.

The stem is covered in soft hairs.

Shady places, woodland edges or hedgerows.

Flowers

5 yellow petals and turned back sepals.

Leaves

Trifoliate with three leaflets. Three-leaflets, sessile, middle leaf largest, serrated.

Fruits Seeds

Bur: a seed or dry fruit that has hooks or teeth.

Edible

Roots: as a substitute to cloves used in soups and to flavour ale.

Medical

Roots: Romans used it to treat fever. It is used to treat diarrhoea, as a tonic to stimulate appetite and as a gargle for mouth ulcers and halitosis.

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