General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Other info: Seeds are held in little burrs that can easily attach to clothes or animal's fur and transport to new growing locations.
Pollinators: Self

Common names
  • Agrimony
  • Cocklebur
  • Church Steeples

Photo Gallery
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-09-18
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2020-02-26
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-09-18
cockle burrs where the seeds are held
Location: Botanical Garden Cologne (Germany)
Date: 2017-08-14
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-11-06
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2016-06-05
Location: Botanical Garden Cologne (Germany)
Location: my home, Zone 7A, NC
Date: 2011-12-06
Larval food plant for Butterfly Grizzled Skipper
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-05-05
Location: Belgium
Date: 2008-08-21
Location: Museum of Toulouse
credit: Didier Descouens
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2020-07-16
  • Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 6:25 PM concerning plant:
    Perennial medicinal herb with pretty little spikes of yellow flowers blooming in summer. Although this is known as a vigorous plant, it prefers cooler climates; but that doesn't stop me from trying to grow this one -- so far successfully in partial shade. Sow seeds in late fall or late winter because germination will occur during cold conditions. Harvest when flowers start to bloom, and hang to dry. Known for making a tea to induce sleep. Said to have a flavor similar to apricots.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 27, 2013 8:46 AM concerning plant:
    Dye plant, yielding a butter yellow color from blooms (alum mordant). Infusion of an ounce of dried plant with a pint of water, sweetened with honey, taken in half-cup doses for sore throats. Likes dry, lightly shaded location. Will self-sow but not aggressively; the seeds have little burrs that will stick to your gloves and clothing and also to pets. Easy enough to brush seeds off and to pull unwanted plants.

    The name agrimony is from argemone, plants which are healing to the eyes.

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