Hairy Agrimony (Agrimonia pilosa)

Perennial
A. dahurica.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hairy Agrimony
Agrimonia pilosa
Rosaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The stems and the leaves are analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, astringent, cardiotonic, haemostatic, hypoglycaemic, taenicide and vasoconstrictor[147, 176, 218, 279]. The plant is used in the treatment of abdominal pain, sore throat, headaches, bloody and mucoid dysentery, bloody and white discharge and heat-stroke[147, 272]. It is used in Korea to treat parasitic worms, bois and ezema[279].

    The leaves are rich in vitamin K and are used to promote blood clotting and control bleeding[238].

    The plant contains agrimonin, this is haemostatic, cardiotonic and lowers blood sugar, though it can also produce palpitations and congestion of the blood in the face[176].

    The root ia astringent, diuretic and tonic[272]. It is used in the treatment of coughs, colds, tuberculosis and diarrhoea[272]. The root juice is used in the treatment of peptic ulcer[272]. A paste of the root is used to treat stomach ache[272].

    Plants are harvested as they come into flower and can be dried for later use[238].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[177].

    Seed – dried and ground into a meal[179]. Mixed with noodles[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – can be sown in spring or autumn, either in pots in a cold frame or in situ. It usually germinates in 2 – 6 weeks at 13¡c[133], though germination rates can be low, especially if the seed has been stored[244]. A period of cold stratification helps but is not essential. When grown in pots, prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division in autumn[200]. Very easy, the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a calcareous soil[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. The ssp. A. pilosa japonica. (Miq.)Nakai. is used medicinally in China[176].
E. Europe to E. Asia – China, Japan.

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