Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Tall Hairy Agrimony (Common Agrimony) (Agrimonia gryposepala): Images

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July 22, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Matthew Wood has a whole chapter on the healing properties and magical properties of agrimony in The Book of Herbal Wisdom. I never thought I would find it within a few miles of my home! I will be getting out there to harvest for tea and tincture. It was in the damp woods, not far from a creek. There was quite a bit of Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) growing nearby.

At first I thought it was a Cinquefoil. Perhaps Tall Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta), but Tall Cinquefoil has white flowers. Or Pennsylvania Cinquefoil (Potentilla pectinata), but the flowers of Pennsylvania Cinquefoil grow in a cyme rather than on a spike and the leaflets of Pennsylvania Cinquefoil are much more deeply dissected. Then I thought it might be Pacific Silverweed (Argentina egedii), but each flower of Pacific Silverweed grows on a separate stalk. Flipping through all of the yellow flower pictures in a field guide was what saved the day.

The leaves are alternate and pinnately-divided with 5-9 large, coarsely-toothed leaflets with tiny leaflets between. The flowers are deep yellow with five petals and look like cinquefoil flowers except that the flower petals are not notched at the tip as with some cinquefoils. The flowers grow on spikes and are not densely packed as they are with Roadside Agrimony (Agrimonia striata).
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July 24, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Harvested some agrimony for tea.
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April 24, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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7/8/2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Key:
  • Hypanthium not evidently hirsute in between the furrows (see closeup). Petals 2-5 mm long.
  • Axis of raceme with abundant stipitate glands.
  • Larger leaf blades with 3-9 leaflets excluding the smaller leaflets distributed along the leaf rachis.
  • Axis of raceme with scattered spreading eglandular hairs (0.5-2 mm long). Hypanthium 3-5 mm tall. Outer series of hooked bristles on hypanthium wide-spreading.