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#30dayswild - agrimony

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#30dayswild - agrimony

To celebrate #30DaysWild we’ll be sharing the stories and myths of wild flowers every day throughout June - and we’re kicking off with agrimony. Agrimony is a simple, country herb with graceful spikes of tiny clusters of yellow flowers reaching into the sky. Its height is between 60-80cm and typically grows in hedgerows, waste ground and pastures. It was known by the Greeks as argema, after their belief that Agrimony would help heal eye problems (argema was an eye condition). In Anglo Saxon, it was Garclive, Y Tryw to the Welsh in the Mabigidion said to heal wounds and even snake bites, It was, together with mugwort and vinegar, used as a “cure all” for wounds and herbalists used it as a tonic and mild astringent. If the dried leaves are boiled with water, it will make a good gargle for a sore throat. Interestingly, it was thought to induce sleep. Old wives’ tales had it that if agrimony was placed under a person’s head, they would sleep until the plant was taken away again: 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 (from an Old English manuscript) It is a favourite plant of may insects including garden helpers hoverflies, and is beloved of Grizzled Skipper butterflies for its nectar (picture by Butterfly Conservation)

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