Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See June, July, August, September
Colour Yellow
Habitat Woodland, Grassland

Spiky and yellow, this perennial plant grows in single stems to 80cm in size. The small yellow petals reveal themselves in stages from the bottom up. It is sometimes more visible for its rust-coloured hooked fruits than for its flowers. The leaves have jagged edges and whitish undersides. The leaves and stems are softly hairy and the stems often reddish. Lower leaves are pinnate with 3-6 pairs of larger leaflets interspersed with smaller leaflets.

Distribution

Widespread except for Scotland where it can be found in some southern parts.

Habitat

Can be found on hedge banks, woodland margins and rides, road verges, railway banks, waste places, in field-borders and in other grassy places. It occurs on basic and neutral soils.

Did you know?

Some people use agrimony to represent thankfulness or gratitude. Partly due to its astringent qualities, it has many uses in herbal medicine including for ulcers, to stop bleeding and for gallstones. Also for unsettled digestive systems and catarrh. Dioscorides recommends it against snake-bite, dysentery and upsets of the liver. Local names include Aaron's rod, Church-Steeples, Clot-Bur, Fairy's wand, Money-in-both-pockets, Salt-and-pepper and Sweethearts (from the clinging receptacles of the fruit).