PHOTOS OF AGRIMONY
Photo of Agrimonia eupatoria
Detail of Agrimonia eupatoria‘s flowers
Agrimonia eupatoria L. – (Agrimony)
Perennial deciduous herb of the rose family – Rosaceae. Erect, up to 1 m high, arising from a rhizomatous root, large, thick, fibrous, dark brown and with astringent taste. Plant bright green, with a slight aromatic lemon scent.
The flower spike of the liverwort recalls the shape of the steeple of a church, hence, in English, it is known as “church steeples”.
The flowers are rich in pollen and are visited by numerous insects, especially bees and flies.
Basal leaves numerous, pinnately compound, 5 to 7 leaflets with serrated margins. Cauline leaves less abundant, smaller and less divided.
The leaves of agrimony are highly desired by the caterpillars of butterflies.
When the flowers mature, they produce dry fruits, which are included in a kind of cup with hooked edges that attach to the animal fur or people clothing. In this way, the plant can disperse its seeds far from the mother plant to grow in a different spot.
It is the ability these structures have to hook the reason why in English it is known as “Stickwort”.
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