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Common Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)

   Common Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), fam. Rosaceae.
   Pinnate, serrate leaves are easy to confuse with silverweed cinquefoil, especially in spring, while they just form a rosette. The doubts vanish if you pick and rub a piece of a leaf – agrimony has intensive, rather pleasant though somewhat sharp smell, whereas cinquefoil has almost none.
   Later, in early summer, the long shoots grow up, which are the flower spikes with the leaves getting smaller with height. Agrimony blooms during the whole summer, and at the same moment the ripening fruits can be seen. These fruits spread by attaching to the passers, but they are not as annoying as beggarticks, at least becuase agrimony does not form so abundant thickets in our forest.
   Agrimony has antiinflammatory, choleretic, diuretic, sudorific, spasmolytic, astringent, tonic, blood-stopping, expectorant, anthelminthic, antiallergic properties. It is counterindicated for constipation and increased blood clotting.

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