General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Greater Burnet
  • Greater Salad Burnet
  • Great Burnet

Photo Gallery
Location: Inner Mongolia
Old photo.

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2023-04-23
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Hortus Botanicus Akureyensis - Akureya - Iceland
Date: 2019-07-29
Location: Hortus Botanicus Akureyensis - Akureya - Iceland
Date: 2019-07-29

credit: Jacob W. Frank
Photo by dmendes
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:25 AM concerning plant:
    "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 3 feet 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:
  • Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jul 7, 2018 1:31 PM concerning plant:
    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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