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Fragrant Agrimony

Agrimonia procera

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Grassland, seaside, woodland.

Yellow, 5 petals
The inflorescence is a long flower spike. The flowers are about 1cm across with notched tips. 12 stamens. 2 pistils.
Bell-shaped, burred fruit with hooks that are down-turned. The fruit is about 1cm long.
No basal leaves. The stem leaves are stalked and alternate up the stems. They are pinnate leaves with 3 to 7 pairs. Leaflets are lance-shaped and large toothed. The leaves are more deeply toothed than those of the similar looking Common Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria). Also, the stems of Fragrant Agrimony are leafier than those of Common Agrimony.
The flowers are fragrant, more so than the similar looking Common Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria).
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Agrimonia procera, also known as the tall agrimony or church steeples, is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the rose family and is known for its small, yellow flowers and distinctive, serrated leaves. Agrimonia procera is a tall plant that can reach heights of up to 6 feet (2 meters) and is often used as a border plant or in naturalized areas. It is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climates. Agrimonia procera prefers partial shade to full sun and is drought-tolerant once established. The plant is generally hardy and low maintenance, but it can be prone to pests such as slugs and snails. Agrimonia procera is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and to determine the safety and effectiveness of using it medicinally.


Fragrant agrimony, also known as Agrimonia procera, is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the rose family and is known for its beautiful yellow flowers and strong, sweet fragrance.

One of the most notable characteristics of fragrant agrimony is its ability to attract pollinators. The flowers are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and other insects, making it a great choice for a wildlife garden. The plant also produces small, dark-colored fruits that are a favorite of birds.

In addition to its ornamental value, fragrant agrimony has a long history of use in traditional medicine. The leaves and flowers of the plant have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including wounds, skin conditions, and gastrointestinal issues. The plant is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a useful remedy for infections and other inflammatory conditions.

Fragrant agrimony is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing established clumps. The plant can also be grown from cuttings, but this method is less successful.

When planting fragrant agrimony, it's important to keep in mind that it can spread rapidly and may become invasive in some areas. To prevent this, it is best to plant it in a contained area, such as a raised bed or a container.

Overall, fragrant agrimony is a beautiful, versatile plant that offers both ornamental and medicinal value. Its sweet fragrance and attractive flowers make it a great addition to any garden, while its traditional uses make it a valuable herb to have on hand.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, fragrant agrimony also has culinary applications. The young leaves and shoots of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked, and have a slightly bitter, lemony flavor. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish for soups and stews. The plant's leaves and flowers can also be used to make a tea, which has a refreshing, slightly bitter taste.

Fragrant agrimony is also used in traditional dyeing methods. The flowers and leaves of the plant can be used to make a yellow dye, which can be used to dye wool, silk, and other natural fibers. The dye can also be used to make a yellow-green color when mixed with indigo.

In addition to its many uses, fragrant agrimony is also a relatively hardy and low maintenance plant. It is drought tolerant, and once established, it requires little to no watering. It is also resistant to pests and disease, making it a great choice for gardeners who want a low maintenance plant with a lot of benefits.

It's important to note that while fragrant agrimony has a wide range of benefits, it should be used with caution if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it may have an effect on hormones. It is also not recommended for use in people with a history of kidney stones or gallstones, as it may increase the risk of these conditions. It is always best to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal remedies, including fragrant agrimony.

In terms of cultivation, fragrant agrimony is hardy in zones 4-8, and grows best in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but prefers well-drained soils. It can be propagated by seed or division, and established plants can be divided in the spring or fall. The plant can also be grown from cuttings, but this method is less successful.

Fragrant agrimony can reach up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, so it's important to allow enough space for it to grow. It is a vigorous grower, so regular division is recommended to keep the plant from becoming too large. The plant is also self-seeding, so deadheading or removing the seed heads can help prevent it from becoming too invasive.

In conclusion, fragrant agrimony is a versatile and valuable plant with a wide range of uses. Its beautiful yellow flowers, sweet fragrance, and medicinal properties make it a great addition to any garden. However, it should be used with caution and always under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. It is hardy, easy to grow and maintain, and makes a great addition to any garden.