Geum chiloense ‘Mrs Bradshaw’

Avens 'Mrs J. Bradshaw'


Geum chiloense ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ is a striking hardy perennial known for its vibrant red, semi-double flowers. Blooming from late spring to early summer, it reaches up to 50cm in height, making it a perfect choice for garden borders and beds.

This plant thrives in well-drained soil and full sun but also tolerates partial shade. ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ features dark green, deeply lobed leaves that beautifully contrast with its vivid blooms. Ideal for adding long-lasting colour and visual appeal, Geum chiloense ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ is a must-have for any vibrant garden.


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Origin: Cultivar of horticultural origin, species native to Chile
Genus: Geum
Species / Cultivar: 'Mrs J. Bradshaw'
Common Name: Avens 'Mrs J. Bradshaw'
Synonym: Geum 'Mrs Bradshaw'

Plant Biography

Geum chiloense, native to the Chilean Andes, was introduced to European horticulture in the 19th century. The cultivar ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ was developed for its striking red flowers and robust growth. Named after a prominent horticulturist’s wife, it gained popularity in gardens for its vibrant blooms and hardiness.

Geum chiloense belongs to the Rosaceae family, known for its resilience and adaptability. Initially cultivated for ornamental purposes, ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ became a favourite in garden borders and beds due to its long flowering period and vivid colour. Over time, it has been widely used in breeding programs to develop new, colourful Geum varieties, solidifying its place in botanical and gardening history.

Geum chiloense 'Mrs Bradshaw'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Geum chiloense ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ thrives in well-drained soil with full sun exposure. This hardy perennial grows up to 50cm tall and forms neat clumps of dark green, deeply lobed leaves. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Deadheading spent blooms encourages prolonged flowering from late spring to early summer.

Mulching around the base helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. Divide clumps every few years to maintain vigour and manage its spread. Ideal for borders, rockeries and garden beds, ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ adds a bold splash of colour with its bright red, cheerful flowers.


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