Flowers: small; growing in a close, slender raceme. Calyx: obconic; five-lobed, covered with hooked bristles. Corolla: of five, rosaceous petals. Stamens: ten, or more. Pistil: one; sometimes three or four. Leaves: pinnate; of five to seven lance-oblong, coarsely-toothed leaflets. Stem: erect; bristly.
Many tender grandmotherly traditions cluster about agrimony. They loved its fragrant flowers and roots, and prized it especially because an addition of its dried leaves made the tea go further, and gave to it a peculiar aroma and delicacy of flavour. The dear old country doctor in his rattling gig knew the agrimony and had it classed among his harmless remedies. Paper bags filled with it and hung against the garret walls are also among the memories that its name recalls.