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PlantFiles: Salad Burnet
Sanguisorba minor

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sanguisorba (san-GWIS-or-ba) (Info)
Species: minor (MY-nor) (Info)

Synonym:Poterium minor
Synonym:Sanguisorba sanguisorba
Synonym:Pimpinella sanguisorba
Synonym:Poterium sanguisorba

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

21 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On Jul 26, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

The leaves really do taste like cucumber! Don't eat the stems though, they're bitter. I love this herb on my banh mi sandwiches. I have some in part shade and some in full sun. They're growing well in both locations.

Positive lwhitney On Jul 31, 2008, lwhitney from Chula Vista, CA wrote:

I love using the leaves in salads that come from my garden. I first planted one in the fall of 2006 and now, this summer of 2008, I have 3 of them. Two volunteered near a bird bath where I suspect they enjoy extra drinks. I've kept the first plant on the dry side and it doesn't seem to mind. I harvest the leaves often because I love the cucumber taste.

Positive zeldonian On Aug 11, 2005, zeldonian from Haines Falls, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Pretty, tasty plant, nice for salads or just tasting in the garden. Easy to grow, and is one of the few things to survive a zone 4 winter.

Positive Weezingreens On Sep 11, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I started this plant from seed in the spring, and then I was at a loss as to what to do with it. It has grown quite rapidly over the summer, and now that the blooms have appeared, I find it charming.

Positive Badseed On May 1, 2002, Badseed from Hillsboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Nice little plant. Very easy to grow from seed. Interesting foliage. Leaves add a nice cucumber taste to salads.


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

Bigelow, Arkansas
Bradford, Arkansas
Solgohachia, Arkansas
Chula Vista, California
West Hollywood, California
Gainesville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Valdosta, Georgia
Wanatah, Indiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Saint Louis, Missouri
Helena, Montana
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
Haines Falls, New York
Dallas, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Humble, Texas
Manchaca, Texas
Marion, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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