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Great Burnet

Sanguisorba officinalis

Also known as

Greater Salad Burnet, Burnet Bloodwort, Burnet, Official Burnet, Salad Burnet, Sanguisorba

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Sanguisorba officinalis (Kastelberg)
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Sanguisorba officinalis by Danny S. - 002

Great Burnet Overview

Sanguisorba officinalis is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial species in the rose family, Rosaceae. It forms compact clumps of pinnately divided foliage, comprised of rounded to oblong leaflets. Flowers are dark maroon red, they are arranged densely on rounded to oval-shaped flowering spikes. These appear from summer to early autumn. It has a clumping habit and fully hardy to below -20 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. This deciduous species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Great Burnet

How to propagate Great Burnet

Seed

Sow seed in spring or autumn.

Division

Divide clumps in spring or autumn.

Special features of Great Burnet

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Great Burnet

Wildflower/meadow, medicinal.