"How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood, When fond recollection presents them to view."
Agrimony ? Yes, that's one of the herbs our grandmothers gathered every fall, and which held a prominent place in both the pantry and medicine closet in every old homestead. The farm hands used it for healing cuts and bruises, and it was also utilized as an additional flavouring for tea, for which it was even substituted. The Common Agrimony of Europe was a much overrated cure-all, and it is not unlikely that many of its popular virtues have been applied to our Agrimony, which, however, is quite a distinct plant. The hairy green stalk grows about three or four feet high. The large, spreading, compound leaf has usually five to seven thin, hairy and toothed leaflets. They are many veined, elliptical, or broadly oblong in shape, and are alternated upon their long clasping stems, with rudimentary leaflets. The small flower has five yellow petals and many orange-tipped stamens. They are densely arranged in a long, slender, curving terminal spike. The leaf, when crushed, emits a spicy odour. Agrimony is a common plant, and is found in blossom from June to August, in woods and thickets from New Brunswick, North Carolina, and California.