Fragrant Agrimony is very similar to Agrimony but when examined closely, the petals can be seen to be notched. Fragrant Agrimony has more leafy stems and the leaves are more deeply and acutely serrate and also green on both sides. They are fragrant when crushed. The stems are roughly hairy and also tiny glandular hairs. But it is in the study of the bell-shaped fruit that the identification can really be confirmed. Agrimony has fruit capsules with grooves the entire length and spines that have curved ends. Fragrant Agrimony has fruit capsules with shallow grooves & spine hooks are straighter.
Fragrant Agrimony flowers from June to August and is nowhere near as widespread as Agrimony. It also belongs to the Rose/Rosaceae family.
I first identified this plant in Co Wexford in 2012 when I also photographed it.
Sadly this species is in the ‘Near Threatened’ category on the Red List of Irish Vascular Plants, 2016, as there has been a 20-29% decline in its area of occupancy or habitat quality.
If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre