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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Agrimony
 

 


Agrimony in early manuscripts

 

Description   Propagation   Cultivation     Harvest

Agrimonia eupatoria
odorata

From Greek argemone, a kind of poppy, probably from ager, field

Eupatoria, from the name of Greek King, Eupator, who studied herbs and developed many treatments

Odorata, scented

Common names, modern Agrimony, common agrimony, church steeples, cleavewort, cocklebur, sticklewort
Description Loosely upright, with tall spires of bright golden flowers
Lifespan Perennial
Hardiness Z 4-9
Size 20-24" H by 18-20" W
AgrimonyHabit

Somewhat taller than wide, with bushiness at base; tall, graceful flower spikes

Agrimony flowerFlower

Yellow flowers in tall spikes; subtle scent of apricot in flowers and foliage

Agrimony foliageFoliage

Leaves are alternate, dark green, elongated ovals, with fine hairs above and below, and having serrated edges.

Comments A pretty plant; well worth growing
Propagation  
By seed Cold stratify fresh seed for 30 days before planting
Germination temp 55-60 degrees until germinates, then grow on at 65-70 degrees
Germination time 14-40 days after removing from frig and potting up
Moisture Keep potting soil slightly moist until seeds germinate
Light Doesn't need light to germinate
Cultivation  
Soil Prefers alkaline soil, but will grow in most garden soils
Moisture Prefers soil on the dry side
Light Does best in full sun, but will also grow in light shade
Natural habitat Pastures, ditches, waste ground
Vigor Healthy plant, not overly invasive in my garden
Diseases None in my garden
Pests Ditto above
Season to bloom/bear Blooms midsummer
Seed collection Late summer; seeds do truly "cleave"; deadhead to avoid stick-tights
 

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