Agrimony (Agrimonia cupatoria)

Agrimony (Agrimonia cupatoria)

Description

When in flower, agrimony will reach a height of 20 inches. The hairy, serrated leaves are divided into leaflets, which have white undersides. The plant has upright, slender stems with smaller leaflets. The simple, fruit scented, sulfur-yellow flowers cluster on these long tapering stems. The seeds are contained in burr-like cases.

Cultivation

This perennial herb is usually grown from seeds. Sow in late winter, as germination takes place under cold conditions. Agrimony grows best in well-drained soil and full sun.

Harvesting

Cut the flowers when the plant starts to bloom. Cut the leaves as required and hang to dry.

Medicinal Uses

In ancient times, this plant was used extensively for healing battlefield wounds. We now know that its ability to help heal wounds is due to it's high silica content. Its main medicinal action is as an astringent, and this makes it an extremely effective gargle for sore throat and also for cases of laryngitis. Its astringency makes it an excellent remedy for diarrhea, especially in the case of children, as its action is very mild. It also has a bitter tonic action on the liver and is very useful for digestive disorders and jaundice.

Do not take this herb if suffering from constipation.

Other Uses

Agrimony is a decorative plant that can be used in the perennial border.

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