Latin Name: Agrimonia eupatoria
Plant Family: Rosaceae
Other Names: Common Agrimony, Cocklebur, Stickwort, Yellow Agrimony, Eupator’s Agrimony, Garclive & Church Steeples.
Description: Native to Europe, north Africa and Asia this perennial herb is a member of the rose famly, it grows to a height of 50-60 cm producing slender yellow spires of small star-like flowers and has pinnate dark green, hairy leaves with a white downy underside.
Brief History: Agrimony has the reputation historically for being somewhat of a panacea for all ills. Pliny the elder described it as a ‘herb of sovereign power’. The ancient Greeks used it to treat problems with the eyes and the kidneys, whilst the Anglo-Saxons made a solution from the leaves and seeds for healing wounds; this use continued well into the 15th century when the French used eau d’arquebusade or "musket-shot water" to treat their wounded on the battlefields.