Canadian burnet

Sanguisorba canadensis

Canadian burnet - Sanguisorba canadensis

Common Name: Canadian burnet
Genus: Sanguisorba
Species: canadensis

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Cream, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A north American native that is often found growing in damper areas along roadsides and in meadows. It will grow in most soils as long as there is reliable moisture. The shaggy-looking cylindrical clusters of greenish-cream flowers open from the base of the spike and have quite a long period of interest. The hairy pinnate leaves will often take on shades of red when hit by an autumn frost before they die down. It is perfect for lighting up a late summer garden and looks brilliant in naturalised planting schemes or mixed herbaceous beds.

  • Garden care: Divide plants in spring or autumn.

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