Large-leafed avens (Geum macrophyllum)
Large-leafed avens is a common native geum of meadows and forest edges, blooming through late spring and early summer. This plant has a vast range, growing from Alaska south to Baja California and east across Canada to the Atlantic coast.
It features clumps of fuzzy, three-lobed leaves, topped with small bundles of five-petalled, yellow flowers. Interestingly, the leaves become more serrated near the top, flowering stalks. The plant grows readily, often self-sowing and spreading profusely in native plant gardens. It can be found in abundance along trails in the forested areas of Hendrick Park.
Pacific Northwest tribes have used a decoction of root to relieve stomach pain and poultices of chewed or bruised leaves have been applied to skin cuts.