Benoîte - Tips for planting it in an ornamental garden!

Benoîte - Tips for planting it in an ornamental garden!

Benoite, a beautiful allure for an almost wild plant!

No, Benoît is not totally a wild plant. There are varieties in nature, especially in mountain areas. Horticulturalists have been able to get the most out of this beautiful plant for a long time. Beautiful foliage, dense and jagged, covers the ground from which long stems stretch out. At the top, beautiful and small flowers with rounded and colorful petals are enthroned. There are many varieties with different "dresses", especially in yellow to red.

Botanical name

Geum spp.

Type of plant

Perennial plant - hardy


Cold resistant (-20 °). Very easy to grow. Resists very chalky soils.

Benefits to the garden

Apart from its charm of "wild plant", like the poppy but less puny, the benoîte is very resistant and also enjoys great longevity. It does well with sunny exposures or in partial shade. We must also mention the duration of its flowering, 4 to 5 months, from May to September!


Shapes and colors, the benoîte exists with flowers in single, semi-double, or double cut. In its color palette, we usually find shades ranging from yellow to red, but also mauves, even ivory ...

"She has something to make herself loved by the lady!" "

Gardener's Info

As is often the case with shade plants, benoît should be planted in an area with cool, humus-rich soil. It is important, especially in winter, that there is no standing water. So, well-drained soil required!

At the right time

• Place the plant in pots in March and April in the current year.

• They can be planted in September for flowering the following year.

Other varieties

Small in size, and really wild:

• “Geum urbanum”, with yellow flowers, ideal for hedges.

• "Geum rivale" its red flowers love water.

• "Mrs Bradshaw", double cut flowers, red in color.

• “Beesh House”, double cut flowers, orange in color.

• “Lady Stratheden” this variety is 50 cm tall.

There are still many other varieties available from horticulturalists: To discover!

Agrees with

To plant with:
• Asters.
• Perennial geraniums - they are shade tolerant too.
• Ferns ...

With or without garden

In the garden :

In massif, on the edge, in shade meadow.

And without a garden?

• Benoîte also feels good in a pot (earthenware). Choose a small to medium 20cm pot.

Use potting soil for geraniums and add a 1/4 of sand mixture (draining power).

Flowering of benoite:

Long flowering period - May to September



High. and Width

Sun to partial shade

In period

40 x 70 cm

Space between plants


30 to 50 cm

Do not bury
the collar

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Orange peanut or Geum coccineum ‘Borisii’

Flowering periodMay June July August
Ideal use forMassif, Borders and paths
Planting distance20 to 30 cm

Benoîte, known for its astringency

Geum urbanum thrives in the mountains, in cool woods, damp hedges, along waterways. Its evergreen, slightly downy leaves are cut with small leaflets interspersed between larger ones ending in a large dentate lobe. The benoîte is a cousin of the strawberry plant with which it has in common the shape of its flowers in cup with 5 petals but not the color since the benoîte has yellow flowers which it bears, from May to September, at the top of well erect stems up to 40 to 60 cm. The fruits that follow the flowers form egrets with hooked spines that stick to the clothes and hair of the animals. The rhizome gives off a clove-like odor when crushed into powder or when its hairy roots are crumpled.

Benoîte is cultivated in beds and rockeries in moist, cool and well-drained soil in partial shade or light sun. Planting is done in the spring at a rate of 6 to 9 feet / m², and a division every 3 years, after flowering, can be done. Staking can be provided to prevent the flowers from lying down because of the wind.

Genre Geum has about 35 species in total of which the most cultivated in the garden are Geum coccineum with brick red flowers from May to July, Geum chiloense, native to Chile, a little less robust, with scarlet flowers from June to September, and the common moth (Rival Geum) which will appreciate more freshness and shade, with intense pink to dark orange-red, bell-shaped pendulous flowers. Regarding Geum reptans (15cm) with bright yellow flowers, it only grows in mountains, in rock cracks or scree.

You will find a wide variety of hybrids, causing a noticeable return of the benoîte to the garden, since a wide range of tones, shapes and flowering time is available.

(photo credit 1: FarOutFlora - CC BY 2.0)

What are the precautions to take when using benoîte?

The benoîte must be taken with care and its doses must be respected, as overdose may have harmful effects.

If you are using this plant as a decoction, it is important to respect the doses prescribed by your doctor.

Another precaution to consider: to consume or prepare a remedy based on benoît, it is important not to use an iron container.

How to cultivate benoîte?

Unlike other perennials, Mountain Benoit does not live very long. It is also recommended to divide the tufts every three years if you want to keep your Benoît as long as possible. Although wild, this plant is very well cultivated in beds, rock gardens, borders or even in pots.

Two periods are favorable for its planting: spring or autumn, always excluding periods of frost. If you want to grow it in your garden, make sure the soil is well-drained, cool, and rich. The earth can be neutral, acidic or calcareous.

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Planting tips for Geum reptans

If you want to plant creeping berries in your garden, you can plant the seeds directly in your garden after the last spring frosts, or start them in the greenhouse for about two months before the last frosts. As they are spread out, it is best to leave enough space between them.

However, avoid areas with heavy clay soil or areas where water can collect. They grow best in full sun and well-drained soil, and prefer neutral or slightly acidic soil.

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