This is an Avens that can be found growing in a variety of habitats, all having in common wet or slow-draining soils. It will form a clump of flowering stems bearing light red to brick-coloured, bell-shaped, nodding flowers with conspicuous red calyces, hence a few of its common names.
It is a good pollinator plant and useful around the pond edges or any other moist areas in the garden; used for restoration and naturalizations projects.
Medicinal uses: employed (the roots) as a tonic, astringent, febrifuge.
Germination: best if sown in the fall or after cold-moist stratification in the spring.