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Boris Avens

Geum borisii

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Boris Avens (Geum borisii) at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Boris Avens flowers

Boris Avens flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Boris Avens (Geum borisii) at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Boris Avens in bloom

Boris Avens in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

Cheerful, orange cup-shaped flowers rise above mounds of fuzzy sharply cut foliage, blooms throughout the summer; a delightful little plant, excellent in rock and alpine gardens

Ornamental Features

Boris Avens has orange cup-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated lobed leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Boris Avens is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Boris Avens is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Boris Avens will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Boris Avens is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features