The Common Avens grows abundantly all summer in woods and on shady hedge-banks, but it is not very attractive.
The flowers are small, with five separate yellow petals which lie flat open. As you look down into the flower, you can see the tips of the five green sepals appearing between the yellow petals.
Each flower grows at the end of a short stalk, but two or three of these stalks often spring from the main stem at the same place.
Half way up this stem you will find a pair of tiny green leaves with very small buds appearing between them and the stalk. These buds will come out later, when their stalks have time to lengthen.
In the centre of the ring of stamens there is a small green bunch of seed-vessels. Each seed-vessel has a thin stiff hair at the top, and after the yellow petals fall off you will see this bristly bunch of spikes still at the end of the flower-stalk, with the tiny green sepals standing out like a frill behind.
Each leaf is divided into three or more parts. Those close to the ground are large and coarse, with the edges cut like the teeth of a saw.
But there are leaves further up the stem, and these are frequently divided quite differently from the root leaves.
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