Sanguisorba plant species are hardy perennials that reach from 1.2 to 1.8 m (4 to 6 feet) in height.
Sanguisorba bloom in the middle of summer, and carry brushes of very small red, white or pink flowers atop long stems.
The foliage is usually a light green with the leaves being lance shaped.
Some common names for members of the Sanguisorba genus include Burnet, Salad burnet, and Toper's Plant.
The leaves can be used in cooking. Latin names include Sanguisorba officinalis, Sanguisorba obtusa, and Sanguisorba menziesii.
Sanguisorba obtusa by Carl E Lewis.
When growing Sanguisorba members such as Burnet outdoors from seed, then sow on the surface either in late autumn or at the start of spring.
They like to grow in a sunny part of the garden, though in hot areas it may be better to grow in a part of the garden that receives a light shade in the afternoon. Ideally the soil that plants grow in will be moist, pH 6 to 8, and of an ordinary nature.
If starting off indoors, it should take the seeds about two months to germinate at 10 to 12 degrees Centigrade (50 to 54°F).
The seedlings should be allowed to grow for a year, then put outdoors in the following springtime.
Once growing it is fairly easy to care for Sanguisorba. They like moist soil so keep well watered. Supply a stake in windy areas, and cut back leaves frequently (this will encourage further growth). In the spring time, the plants should be supplied with a mulch. If you require more plants then they can be propagated by division in spring or autumn.
The Sanguisorba genus includes around 30 species, commonly known as burnets, admired for their unique, bottlebrush-like flowers.
Yes, Sanguisorba plants are excellent for gardens, with their unique flowers adding structure and interest, particularly in wild or cottage garden styles.
Among the most popular Sanguisorba species is Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet) due to its striking, long-lasting blooms.
While interesting visually, the flowers of Sanguisorba species are not typically fragrant.
Sanguisorba thrives in full sun or partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. They're also tolerant of a variety of soil types.
Currently, Sanguisorba is not listed as invasive in the USA. Always check local regulations for the most accurate information.
For removing Sanguisorba, simply pull out the entire plant, including the root system, to prevent regrowth.
The Sanguisorba plant genus contains perennial plants native to temperate regions worldwide. They are admired for their unique, bottlebrush-like flowers and their feathery foliage.
Sanguisorba can be grown from seeds or divisions, typically in spring or autumn. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and prefer well-drained soil. Regular watering is required, particularly during dry periods, and plants may need staking to support their tall flower stems.