Agrimonia polyphylla Urb.
Agrimonia serrifolia Wallr.
Agrimonia suaveolens Pursh
Common Name: Harvestlice
Flowering plant, growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Gerrit Davidse
Agrimonia parviflora is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing branched stems 50 - 200cm tall from a slowly-creeping, rhizomatous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Eastern and southern N. America - North Dakota and Ontario to Massachusets, south to New Mexico and Georgia.
Damp thickets and the edges of low woods, growing in clumps[
]. Moist or dry soils[
]. Edges, open spaces, thickets deciduous or mixed woods and thickets in wet places; at elevations to 1,100 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Self
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a calcareous soil[
]. Prefers a sunny position[
Plants self-sow when growing in a suitable position[
A tea made from the whole plant is astringent[
]. It is used in the treatment diarrhoea, bleeding, wounds, inflammation of the gall bladder, urinary incontinence etc[
]. It is gargled as a treatment for mouth ulcers and sore throats[
An infusion of the seedpods is used to treat diarrhoea and fevers[
An infusion of the root is used as a blood tonic and is given to children to satisfy their hunger[
]. The powdered root has been used to treat pox[
Seed - can be sown in spring or autumn, either in pots in a cold frame or in situ. It usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 13°c[
], though germination rates can be low, especially if the seed has been stored[
]. A period of cold stratification helps but is not essential. When grown in pots, prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in autumn[
]. Very easy, the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.