Belongs to: rose family

Water avens Geum rivale

Best time to see: mid Apr to Aug

Key facts

A plant of shady, damp places that is now very scarce in Essex

Delicate, nodding pink-and-yellow flowers on arching stems

Grows from underground rhizomes that smell of cloves


The plant contains tannins and is used as a herbal cure for stomach upsets

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Owen Keen