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Sanguisorba obtusa (Japanese Burnet)

Burnet, Japanese Burnet, Japanese Bottlebrush


One of the most ornamental burnets, Sanguisorba obtusa (Japanese Burnet) is a clump-forming perennial with profuse and attractive fluffy, reddish-pink, bottlebrush flowers, elegantly swaying in the breeze in summer. They are borne on arching wiry stems above a particularly handsome foliage of blue-green, divided leaves. Reliable, easy to grow, it is very useful and adaptable in the garden.

  • Grows in upright, bushy clumps, up to 3 ft. high (90 cm) and 2ft. across (24 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils that do not dry out.
  • Makes a lovely accent in beds and borders, cottage or city gardens or wildlife gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Rabbit resistant.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to maintain a neat appearance. Cut back in winter.
  • Propagate by seed in autumn. Propagate by division in spring.
  • Native from Japan to Russia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sanguisorba - Burnets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sanguisorba - Burnets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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