Avens, White

Geum canadense
A branched, sparsely hairy 1-3' plant. The single white flowers are on long stalks. The 5 petals are oval, and the sepals are sweptback and about as long as the petals. The lower leaves are pinnately compound with 3-5 toothed leaflets, and the simple upper leaves are nearly sessile. The fruit is a round, very bristly ball with many seeds. Blooms July, August in dense thickets, edges of woods.

A related species, Rough-fruited avens (G. virginianum), has larger leaves, is hairier and has petals smaller than the sepals.