Agrimonia L.


Probably a variant of argemonia, from the classical name Argemone.

Erect, perennial, rhizomatous herbs. Leaves alternate, pinnate, generally aggregated towards the base of the stem. Leaflets 7-13, paired, deeply toothed, the large ones interspersed with much smaller ones; stipules large, stem-clasping, deeply toothed. Epicalyx absent. Flowers in a raceme, numerous, shortly stalked. Sepals 5 with numerous hooked bristles below. Carpels 2. Fruit mostly of 1 or 2 grooved achenes tipped with bristles and the persistent calyx.

Grown as a traditional medicinal herb garden plant for the spiring spikes of flowers.

About 15 northern temperate species.

Seeds and division.

Source of medicines and dye.

Leaves pinnate; flowers yellow, without an epicalyx.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Agrimonia eupatoria L.