General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 1 foot
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: greyish, pinnate, compound
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: germinates warm, approximately 68 degrees
Days to germinate: 7 to 14 days
Depth to plant seed: lightly cover
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Salad Burnet
  • Burnet
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Poterium sanguisorba subsp. sanguisorba
  • Synonym: Sanguisorba minor
  • Synonym: Sanguisorba sanguisorba

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Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-07-22
Location: KYLE
Date: 2019-03-08

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2020-04-06

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo credit: Ermell
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2006-04-14
Location: Kyle, Texas
Date: 2018-05-23
Tasty in salads, salad burnet looks like a tidy, little fern

Credit florum

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic

Date: 2012
Salad Burnet seeds
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:22 AM concerning plant:
    "Sanguisorba minor (Salad burnet, Garden burnet, Small burnet, burnet) is a plant in the family Rosaceae that is native to western, central and southern Europe; northwest Africa and southwest Western Asia; and which has naturalized in most of North America. It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 16 - 35 inches tall (40 - 90 cm), typically found in dry grassy meadows, often on limestone soils. It is drought-tolerant, and grows all year around.

    It is used as an ingredient in both salads and dressings, having a flavor described as "light cucumber" and is considered interchangeable with mint leaves in some recipes, depending on the intended effect. Typically, the youngest leaves are used, as they tend to become bitter as they age.

    It also has a respectable history, called a favorite herb by Francis Bacon, and was brought to the New World with the first English colonists, even getting special mention by Thomas Jefferson."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
  • Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5b) on Apr 28, 2020 3:25 PM concerning plant:
    Salad burnet is both beautifully ornamental and flavored. The leaves grow in stems in a tidy pattern, and the leaves have a mild cucumber flavor that can be used in salads or drinks. Plants do like to try to seed at the end of the season, but very easy to keep trimmed.
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