Agrimony

A common flower of roadsides, hedgerows, grasslands, and scrubby areas where the soil is inclined to being dry and chalky. 

Species Detail
Common Name Agrimony
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Agrimonia eupatoria
Family Rose Family Rosaceae
Species Reference blamey 134.4
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Agrimony: Just what the doctor ordered - I have mentioned the apparent feature of waves of colour through the flowering season many times before. Yellows at first followed by whites, then the blues, mauves and pinks of the early summer flowers and then in late summer we begin to see the predominant colour move back to yellow. It is a sure sign of high summer when agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) starts to blossom.
Surprisingly, perhaps, this is a member of the rose family, each individual flower up the central spike having five petals opening flat into a small rosette. In flower from late June on through August and September, sometimes even in to November, these attractive yellow flower spikes can be seen along our roadsides, hedgerows, grasslands, and scrubby areas where the soil is inclined to being dry and chalky and there are plenty of areas like that in Dorset. 
My good friend Wikipedia says that agrimony has a long history of medicinal uses and apparently was thought to be ideal for foot baths for tired feet! In different countries it has different uses from treating gall-bladder, liver and kidney disorders to treating eye ailments. There was a concoction in the middle-ages called musket-shot water, a tea made made from the leaves which was considered a real tonic!

 

Species Distribution

These are nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots where I have recorded this species

Sunnyside Farm

National Nature Reserve
3

Slepe Heath

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Ringstead Bay and Burning Cliff

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hod Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Portland Bill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Creech Heath National Nature Reserve

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry
3

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Winspit

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

No Public Access, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Oakers Wood and Bog

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Carey

Open Access
5

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Bestwall Marsh and Swineham

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Corfe Castle Common

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Holton Lee

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Ballard Down

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Sopley Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Deadmoor Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Holt Heath National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve

Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Lydlinch Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Sharford Bridge

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Wareham Forest (Great Ovens)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Bindon Hill

Open Access
3

White Nothe

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Wytch Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Nicodemus Heights

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Osmington Mills

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Cole Wood

Forestry
4
Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
G1: Calcareous Grassland

Associated

G2: Neutral Grassland

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Species Records
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Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

26-06-20
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

06-07-20
Cole Wood

Scarce

18-07-20
Slepe Heath

Occasional

07-07-19
Osmington Mills

Frequent

23-06-20
Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

04-08-20
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

08-07-20
Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

05-08-20
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve Present
Avon Heath Country Park Present
Badbury Rings Hill Fort Frequent
Ballard Down Wild Flower Walks (see bibliography)
Wild Flower Walks (see bibliography)
Bestwall Marsh and Swineham Present
Bindon Hill Present
Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve Present
Carey Present
Cashmoor Down Frequent
Coombe Heath Nature Reserve Present
Corfe Castle Common Common
Corfe Castle Mound and River Common
Creech Heath National Nature Reserve Present
Deadmoor Common Common
SSSI Notification
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove Common
Durlston Country Park Frequent
Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway Present
Fontmell Down Nature Reserve Common
Garston Wood Nature Reserve Occasional
Greenhill Down Nature Reserve Present
Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve Present
Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve Common
Hod Hill Common
Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve Present
Holt Heath National Nature Reserve Present
Holton Lee Frequent
King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve Present
Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff Present
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve Common
Lydlinch Common Present
Milldown Nature Reserve Present
Moreton Heath Present
Nicodemus Heights Occasional
Oakers Wood and Bog Scarce
Portland Bill Present
Powerstock Common Nature Reserve Common
Puddletown Forest Present
Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down) Present
Purbeck Ridge (Ridgeway Hill and Steeple Hill) Common