Edible uses

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Material uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the root[1][2][3] - from whole plant according to other report,[4][5] - and from the leaves according to another[6]. Harvested in autumn[7], the yellow becomes deeper the later that the plant is harvested[4].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Agrimony has long been used as a popular domestic herbal remedy[4]. An astringent and mildly bitter herb, it is a helpful remedy for diarrhoea and a gentle tonic for the digestion as a whole[8]. The whole plant is antiaphonic, astringent, blood purifier, cholagogue, diuretic, tonic and vulnerary. It contains up to 5% tannin, which has a strongly astringent effect[9]. When taken internally, an infusion of the plant has a great reputation in the treatment of jaundice and other complaints of the liver[4][10][11][12][13][14][15], it is also used to treat diarrhoea and as a gargle for sore throats[9]. Externally, a strong decoction is used to treat wounds, skin problems, haemorrhoids etc[4][10][16][9]. The plant is harvested in late spring and early summer and can be dried for later use[11]. The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'Mental torture' and 'Worry, concealed from others'[17].


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Ecological Functions

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Seed - can be sown in spring or autumn, either in pots in a cold frame or in situ. It usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 13°c[18], though germination rates can be low, especially if the seed has been stored[9]. A period of cold stratification helps but is not essential. When grown in pots, prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division in autumn[19]. Very easy, the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.

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Easily grown in most soils[18][19], preferring a calcareous soil[12]. Thrives in a dry lightly shaded position[13], though it prefers full sun[16]. Plants usually self-sow quite freely when growing in a suitable position[16]. The seeds are contained in burrs that can easily attach themselves to clothing or animal's fur, thus transporting them to a new area where they can germinate and grow[9]. The cultivar 'Sweet scented' is popular in France for making tea because the whole plant is sweet scented and the flowers have a spicy apricot-like fragrance[20].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Agrimonia eupatoria
Imported References
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
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Material uses
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Medicinal uses
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Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
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Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
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