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Agrimonia Eupatoria also known as common agrimony, church steeples or sticklewort is a species of agrimony.

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Agrimonia eupatoria which is also known as common agrimony, church steeples or
sticklewort is a species of agrimony. This plant is dark green in color and has soft hairs on it which help in seed pod sticking to the animal that comes in contact with it. The spikes of the flower have an odor that is spicy like apricots.

This is a perennial herb belonging to the rose family Rosoceae. This herb is found in England near hedges and fences. This herb is popular with bees. The flowers are pale yellow in color and star shaped and has tapering spikes. They bloom from summer to autumn.

It is a food for caterpillars of the snout moth Endotricha flammealis. It has medical properties like curing musket wound and in folklore it is used to ward off witchcraft. It is said to cure male impotence. It is basically an herbal medicine and used in herbal pillows as a cure for insomnia.

This can cure the disorders of kidneys, liver and bladder, and for irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice and acts like a mild astringent and a diuretic. It is useful in curbing skin eruption and treat diseases of blood, pimples, blotches, etc. It cures sores and ulcers.

It has volatile oil and is used in cottage medicine for gargles and for dressing leather because of presence of tannin.

Growing/Caring conditions for Agrimonia Eupatoria:
– This plant can be propagated from seed.
– Place the seeds of Agrimony in a freezer bag which is filled with moist sand to about 4 inches.
– Leave it in the fridge for 4 to 6 weeks.
– These seeds need to be vernalized which is nothing but to maintain the seeds to cold temperatures in order to promote development.
– Sow the seeds in spring.
– Maintain the night temperatures to 55°F or above.
– Add a slow release organic fertilizer for good growth.
– Keep the seeds moist until germination.
– Mulch the plant in early season.
– The plants should be watered around the soil to ensure soil to root contact.
– This plant needs moderately fertile and well drained soil.
– Mulch with a 2-inch layer of bark or gravel mulch around the base for the plant to retain moisture and to keep the roots damp.
– Maintain evenly moist soil
– Trim the plants as they mature to ensure growth and shape.
– Cut the plants to 4 inches in late autumn for a wood style garden.
– Divide the plant every four years.

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