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Agrimonia parviflora

Small-flowered Agrimony

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Agrimonia parviflora (Small-flowered Agrimony)

This perennial has hairy stems and divided leaves; the leaves of the main stem have 11 to 19 unequal leaflets. The leaflets are smooth above and hairy below; strongly serrated, and one to three inches long. The bright yellow flowers, about 3/8 inch across, have five conspicuous and spreading petals, which are egg-shaped and somewhat narrow in proportion to their length, slightly notched at the end. After the flowers fade, the plant becomes rather woody, thickly covered at the end with a mass of small bristly hairs, that spread and develop into a burr-like form, which are the seed pods.

Additional Information:
These seed pods cling by the hooked ends of their stiff hairs to any person or animal coming into contact with the plant, thus the names 'Cockleburr' and 'Sticklewort'. (This is not the commonly known troublesome cockleburr, which is known as "Burdock".)

Agrimony contains essential oil, bitters and vitamins but it is the plant's large amounts of tannins that are responsible for most of its medicinal properties. Being astringent it has been used to stop bleeding. It has been prescribed by herbalist in the US and Europe for gastric and urinary tract disorders.
Family: Rosaceae: (Rose Family)

3-6 Feet


18-24 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Great St. John's Wort (Hypericum pyramidatum), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation




Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map