Greater Burnet

Sanguisorba officinalis

£2.00£5.50

Tight round globes of purple-red flowers on waving stems in summer and autumn, over divided, soft green leaves. Grows to 1 metre plus in a season.

Seed from Shropshire

Clear

Earn up to 6 Points.

SKU: grebur Category:

Description

A perennial of damp, reasonably fertile meadows and floodplains. This plant used to be fairly common in the North and north Midlands. Now it is no longer seen very often, perhaps because of farmland drainage and improvement. It spreads by creeping rhizomes and will make quite large clumps. The soft green, divided leaves, looking a bit like Mountain Ash or Rowan, die back in the winter. The flowers are tightly packed, small purple-red heads and are produced on waving stems, approx 60cm tall, in June until the autumn. Apparently people in the Lake District used the flowers to make a wine, to treat nosebleeds, burns and insect bites. The rare Large Blue Butterfly possibly uses Greater Burnet as a food source

Sow any time of year, spring or autumn and would benefit from a period mixed with  damp sand, in a fridge, for 3 or 4 weeks(a pre-chill) before sowing.

 

Additional information

Weight 0.00 g
Genus

Sanguisorba

Family

Rosaceae

Flowering Month

May, June

Colour

purple

Hardiness

Hardy

Life Cycle

perennial

Interest

flowers, foliage

Wildlife

yes

Requires

sun

Native

yes

size

5gm seed pack (approx 2000seeds), 1gm mini seed pack (approx 400 seeds)

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