Another geum in the cocktail series and yet another plant with the name Tequila Sunrise (how many can there be?!), this is a pretty little thing with the customary clump of slightly hairy serrated leaves above which it sports myriad semi-double apricot yellow flowers flushed, particularly around the edges, with rosy red. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.


Geum Tequila Sunrise does its big bit in May and June but will continue to flower sporadically later in the season, so good value in the garden. Ours in a big pot carried on pretty much spring to autumn in 2014.

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail, after which so many plants including this geum seem to be named, is generally a mix of tequila, orange juice and grenadine, though it seems that this is the modern way since the 1970s and there was an earlier version, dating from the the 1930s, which featured soda water and creme de cassis. But let’s not forget that the Eagles album Desperado featured a track, released as a single in 1973, called Tequila Sunrise. The plot thickens.

Caring for your geum is not an arduous task. Talk to it nicely, dead head when required and cut back the foliage in early spring, and that should keep it happy enough.

Geum Tequila Sunrise is a compact evergreen hardy perennial with serrated leaves and apricot yellow and red flowers all summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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