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Agrimonia eupatoria, common agrimony, church steeples, cocklebur, philantopos, and sticklewort.
Plant Family: Rosaceae
Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September.
Agrimony is an herb in the rose family found near hedges and fences throughout England. Bearing yellow flowers with egg-shaped petals on spikes emanating from hairy stems, agrimony exudes a distinctive, pleasant scent that is often compared to apricots but isn’t as sweet. This wild plant is visited by bees for pollen, but does not yield nectar.
During the Elizabethan period herbalists began referring to the plant as philanthropos, perhaps because of its beneficent properties as a medicine, or perhaps because its seeds stick to the clothing of passers by, giving them the “gift” of next year’s plants.