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Sanguisorba canadensis

Canadian burnet

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Tommy Tonsberg , copyright GAP Photos (296190)

Plant details

A spectacular plant, this has good pinnate foliage, similar in shape to salad burnet but on a much bigger scale, and forms a lose clump. In late summer and autumn, tall spikes of narrow white bottlebrush flowers are produced at the tips of long, arching stems, which are set off nicely by the foliage. The flowers begin to open from the bottom of the spikes upwards, making a nice contrast with the immature green buds at the tip. These majestic plants look superb associated with other large moisture-loving plants such as Darmera peltata.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Sanguisorba

Species: canadensis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: September to May

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