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Agrimony, Cocklebur

Agrimonia eupatoria

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agrimonia (ag-rih-MOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: eupatoria (yoo-puh-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction


Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Austin, Texas

Stanwood, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2001, Baa wrote:

A perennial from Europe.

Has dark green, toothed, hairy underneath leaflets which are mostly found at the base if the plant. Bears long spikes of 4/5 petalled, bright yellow flowers. The fruit is shaped like a spinning top and has many hooks to catch in clothing and animal fur.

Flowers June to August.

Found in open grassland and under hedges, seems to prefer a well drained soil in a sunny position. It lives im my garden on the poorest clay which is dry as a bone in summer and too wet to walk on in winter with a north facing aspect. To me it is one of the most important plants because very little else will grow there.

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