Herb: Harvestlice


Latin name: Agrimonia parviflora


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Harvestlice:

A tea made from the whole plant is astringent. It is used in the treatment diarrhoea, bleeding, wounds, inflammation of the gall bladder, urinary incontinence etc. It is gargled as a treatment for mouth ulcers and sore throats. An infusion of the seedpods is used to treat diarrhoea and fevers. An infusion of the root is used as a blood tonic and is given to children to satisfy their hunger. The powdered root has been used to treat pox.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Damp thickets and the edges of low woods, growing in clumps. Moist or dry soils.

Propagation of Harvestlice:

Seed - can be sown in spring or autumn, either in pots in a cold frame or in situ. It usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 13C, though germination rates can be low, especially if the seed has been stored. A period of cold stratification helps but is not essential. When grown in pots, prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division in autumn. Very easy, the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.

Cultivation of the herb:

Damp thickets and the edges of low woods, growing in clumps. Moist or dry soils.

Known hazards of Agrimonia parviflora:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.