Agrimonia brittoniana E.P.Bicknell
Eupatorium brittonianum (E.P.Bicknell) Nieuwl. & Lunell
Common Name: Roadside Agrimony
Plant growing at Fenton Lake State Park, Sandoval Co., New Mexico
Photograph by: Jerry Oldenettel
Agrimonia striata is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing one or more erect, branched stems 20 - 60cm tall from a fibrous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
N. America - British Colombia to Newfoundland, south to California, Oklahoma and Georgia
Thickets and roadsides[
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a calcareous soil[
]. Prefers a sunny position[
All parts of the plant are astringent, the roots being more so than the leaves[
]. The plant is also diuretic and vulnerary[
]. It is used in the treatment of a variety of disorders including diabetes, urinary incontinence and, when combined with alum and honey, to rid the body of tape worms[
The roots are used in the treatment of fevers[
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.