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Greater Burnet, Greater Salad Burnet

Sanguisorba officinalis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sanguisorba (san-GWIS-or-ba) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Louis, Missouri

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Layton, Utah

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On May 28, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This makes a lovely ornamental, especially the cultivars. The basal foliage is beautiful, and the bobble-like flowerheads on tall wiry stems can be showy and colorful. Some selected forms can reach 6-7' in height.

The tender new leaves of greater burnet can be used in salads, but S. minor is the burnet grown for salad use and commonly called "salad burnet". Greater burnet has traditionally been used medicinally.

Only the confused call it "greater salad burnet".

This species is native to a broad swath of Europe and Asia to the Pacific. The east Asian forms often are taller and bloom substantially later.

According to BONAP, it is also native to the west coast of N. America from northern CA to BC, and has naturalized in ME and Nova S... read more

Positive

On Sep 6, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a delicious herb to eat fresh on sandwiches or pasta. It's leaves have a nice "cucumber taste". The stems are bitter.

Neutral

On Jun 28, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant self sows very freely in my gardens.

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