Greater Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 30-36 inches
Plant Spread: 24-30 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Culinary Herb
Salad greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:25 AM

"Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet) is a plant in the family Rosaceae, subfamily Rosoideae. It is native throughout the cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, northern Asia, and northern North America.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall, which occurs in grasslands, growing well on grassy banks. It flowers June or July.

Sanguisorba officinalis is an important food plant for the European Large Blue butterflies Maculinea nausithous and M. teleius.

Use is made of its extensive root system for erosion control, as well as a bioremediator, used to reclaim derelict sites such as landfills.

The leaves are used in salads because they are mildly reminiscent of cucumber. Selective pruning of apical meristems, such as at flower heads, is used to encourage an increase in leaf production.

Specifically, the root is used to stop bloody dysentery, nosebleeds, and is applied topically to treat burns and insect bites."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jul 7, 2018 1:31 PM

Burnet will self-seed freely if conditions are favorable. Remove spent flowers after flowering to keep it in check. The young leaves can be used to flavor soups in addition to their use as salad greens. It has astringent properties useful to soothe inflamed skin. Especially striking grown in masses.

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