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Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet)

Salad Burnet, Garden Burnet, Pimpernelle, Toper's Plant, Poterium dictyocarpum, Poterium sanguisorba, Poterium sanguisorba minor, Sanguisorba pimpinella


Primarily grown for its tasty leaves, Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet) is a hardy, dainty perennial forming a low basal rosette of pinnate leaves, each with 4-12 pairs of rounded, toothed leaflets. The ferny leaves have a delicate cucumber flavor and may be added to summer drinks and salads. In summer, unusual crimson rounded flowers appear on tall, slender stalks rising well above the foliage. While attracting a wealth of insects, they are not particularly ornamental and are often removed by gardeners more interested in increased leaf production. The young leaves have the best flavor. Evergreen in warm winter climates.

  • Grows in upright, bushy clumps, up to 9-24 in. high (22-60 cm) and 12-24 in. across (30-60 cm). Salad Burnet can spread by rhizomes but the young seedlings are easy to pull out.
  • Performs best in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils that do not dry out.
  • Great choice for banks and slopes, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, prairies and meadows or wildlife gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Regularly cut back older leaves to promote growth of young leaves which have the best taste.
  • Propagate by seed. Propagate by division.
  • Freely self-seeds. Remove flower stalks immediately after bloom unless self-seeding is desired.
  • Native to Europe, northern Africa, Canary Islands, Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Sanguisorba - Burnets
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 9" – 2' (22cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Sanguisorba - Burnets
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 9" – 2' (22cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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