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PlantFiles: 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)

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa 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.

Agrimony was used in the Holy Salve of the Anglo Saxons who believed it kept them free from evil spirits and poisons. They also used to pound it with frogs blood to cure all sorts of things but the idea is far too repulsive for me.

It was used in the treatment of stomach aches, as an eye salve, liver complaints (Gerard called the problem Naughty Liver and probably wagged his finger as he spoke to patients who had it) and a cold compress for wounds. It was also used for old sores and skin ulcers (when mixed with pig grease according to Culpepper).

It's made into wine, tissane and in a tea to refresh mind and body, it was also a cold cure.


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

Austin, Texas
Stanwood, Washington

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