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White Avens vs Rough Avens

These two plants are visually similar and can be easily confused. They are easily distinguished by close examination, however.

White Avens (Geum canadense)

Rough Avens (Geum laciniatum)

An perennial with inconspicuous flowers native and common across much of central to eastern North America.
Petals about as long as the sepals, leading to a slightly showier bloom.
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Petals much shorter than the sepals, leading to a highly inconspicuous bloom.
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Fruit clusters consist of fewer, smaller seeds, leading to a coarser-textured look.
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Fruit clusters consist of more, but smaller seeds, leading to a finer-textured look.
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Flowering stalks finely pubescent.
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Flowering stalks covered in coarse, spreading hairs.
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