Agrimonia pubescens downy agrimony Rosaceae AGPU; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q, cu (Greller 1985);


Agrimonia pubescens.Michael Hassler.New England Wild Flower (Accessed 4/2014).

Agrimonia pubescens is a perennial herb to 1 m tall; stems stout, densely short-hairy; roots thick-tuberous. 

Leaves alternate, widely spaced, pinnately compound, leaflets 5-13, narrow, velvety-hairy below, coarsely toothed, with 1-3 irregular pairs of much smaller leaflets between larger pairs, stipules lanceolate, toothed. 

Agrimonia pubescens. flowers. David G. Smith.

Agrimonia pubescens. flowers. David G. Smith. (Accessed 7/2017).

Flowers yellow, radially symmetrical, about 0.7 cm, petals 5, base of flower (calyx tube) enlarged, rimmed above with hooked bristles; inflorescence stalk densely hairy, unbranched; blooms July-Sept. 

Agrimonia pubescens fruit. David G. Smith.

Agrimonia pubescens fruit. David G. Smith. (Accessed 7/2017).

Fruit dry, top-shaped, old calyx tube 0.3 cm long, deeply furrowed and hairy, top half of fruit covered with hard, hooked bristles, above calyx tube, tip beaked, 2-seeded. Dispersed by attachment to fur or clothing. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open upland woods. 

Notes: Winter plant with spike-like racemes of small top-shaped fruits, upper half bristle-covered (Brown 1976).