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Sanguisorba - Burnets

Sanguisorba is a genus of around 30 species of hardy perennials, forming clumps of attractive, pinnate leaves and dense, feathery flower spikes that resemble small bottlebrush blossoms. Flower color ranges from white through to pink or red, including lovely light-lavender pinks and richest maroons. There are varieties in a range of heights for the front and back of the border and they look excellent when combined with grasses or prairie plants. 
 

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Sanguisorba albiflora (White-Flowered Burnet)

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

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Sanguisorba hakusanensis (Korean Burnet)

Bringing movement to the garden and nodding with the wind, Korean Burnet makes a statement in the landscape. It can be used to provide a backdrop to a herbaceous border or as a specimen to draw the eye and amaze the onlooker.

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Sanguisorba menziesii (Menzies' Burnet)

Blooming earlier than most burnets, Sanguisorba menziesii (Menzies' Burnet) is a clump-forming perennial forming a low mound of blue-green leaves, each finely divided into oblong leaflets. Tight bottle brushes in intense maroon-purple appear atop slender stems from early to late summer.

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Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet)

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.

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Sanguisorba obtusa (Japanese Burnet)

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.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Pink Tanna' (Great Burnet)

Adding a gentle transparent effect in the border, Sanguisorba officinalis 'Pink Tanna' (Great Burnet) is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial forming a neat mound of gray-green leaves, each finely toothed and divided into oblong leaflets. Deep pink bottlebrush flowers, adorned with pale pink stamens, appear atop slender stems from midsummer through fall.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder' (Great Burnet)

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder' (Great Burnet) is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial forming a neat mound of dark green leaves, each finely divided into oblong leaflets. Rich burgundy-red bottlebrush flowers appear atop slender stems from midsummer to fall.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Tanna' (Great Burnet)

Extending the blooming season well into fall, award-winning Sanguisorba officinalis 'Tanna' (Great Burnet) is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial forming neat mounds of blue-green, crimped leaves, each finely divided into oblong leaflets. Deep red bottlebrush flowers appear atop skinny stems from midsummer through fall.

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Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet)

Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet) is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with pinnate, medium green, basal leaves, each with 7-25 serrate leaflets. Deep red bottlebrush flowers appear atop long stems from midsummer through fall.

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Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant' (Burnet)

Highly decorative with its profuse and attractive, lipstick-pink, bottlebrush flowers rising on tall slender stems, Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant' is a lovely addition to the garden. Attractive to butterflies and pollinators, the flowers bobble in the air and produce charming floating dots of color in the border.

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Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba (Burnet)

Highly decorative with its profuse and attractive, fluffy, white flowers, rising on tall willowy stems and bobbing in the air, Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Alba' is a prized addition to the garden.

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