Woodland Agrimony is a native plant in the rose family, and it is found in much of Virginia. Agrimony has a long and colorful folk history. It has been thought to have magical powers, and a long entry about it appears on "Witchipedia". Witches used it to ward off hexes and negative energy. In Chaucer's time, agrimony was often mixed with vinegar and mugwort to heal wounds and alleviate back problems. It would be put under a person's pillow to induce sleep, and it was believed that someone would sleep until the agrimony was removed.
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