TG3203 : Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) - flowers and seedheads

taken 1 year ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) - flowers and seedheads
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) - flowers and seedheads
Agrimony > LinkExternal link can be found growing in a wide range of soils and habitats but prefers well drained locations. The name Agrimony is derived from 'Argemone', a word given by the Greek to plants which were healing to the eyes; the name Eupatoria refers to Mithridates Eupator, the king of Pontos on the Black Sea, who was a renowned concoctor of herbal remedies. The magic power of Agrimony is mentioned in an old English medical manuscript:

'If it be leyd under mann's heed,
He shal sleepyn as he were deed;
He shal never drede ne wakyn
Till fro under his heed it be takyn.'

The Anglo-Saxons called it Garclive and used it for healing wounds, snake bites and warts. Together with mugwort and vinegar it was used for treating 'a bad back' and 'alle woundes', and one writers recommended it to be taken with a mixture of pounded frogs and human blood, as a remedy for all internal haemorrhages. It also formed an ingredient of the famous arquebusade water as prepared against wounds inflicted by an arquebus, or hand-gun, and was mentioned by Philip de Comines, Lord or Argenton, a French statesman, in his account of the battle of Morat in 1476.

Agrimony is also known as 'church steeples' in some parts of the country, and as cockeburr, sticklewort or stickwort. The whole plant yields a yellow dye. The species is declining due to the loss or agricultural improvement of grasslands.
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 17 July, 2017
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3217 0380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.9441N 1:25.5333E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3218 0379
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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