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Sanguisorba minor

Previously known as:

  • Poterium sanguisorba
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san-GWIS-or-ba MY-nor
Description

Salad Burnet is an herb often grown for its edible foliage. Cut the plant back to encourage new growth, as the youngest leaves are the tastiest.

It can be found growing on dry, infertile chalk or limestone grasslands.  The plant will spread through self-seeding.  To discourage self-seeding, remove the flowers once they have bloomed.

Intolerant of drought and shade but does tolerate alkaline soils and browsing by deer.  Plant in border fronts, herb gardens, or in a vegetable garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#perennial#weed#fragrant leaves#low maintenance#herb garden#deer resistant#vegetable garden#self-seeding#edible garden#mid-summer flowers#border front#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#perennial#weed#fragrant leaves#low maintenance#herb garden#deer resistant#vegetable garden#self-seeding#edible garden#mid-summer flowers#border front#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sanguisorba
    Species:
    minor
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, northern Africa, Canary Islands, Asia
    Edibility:
    The cucumber flavored leaves of Salad Burnet are used in making salads, vinegar, butter, cottage cheese, and cream cheese.  It is also used as a garnish.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    July to September dry, winged, but does not split open when ripe. Contains many small seeds..
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Greenish flower with 4 petals, a purple tinge in rounded radially symmetrical, heads on upright stalks that reach 2' tall mid-summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Pinnately compound leaves have 4-12 pairs of rounded, toothed leaflets, fragrant, in a mounded rosette.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought