Burnet

Sanguisorba menziesii

Burnet - Sanguisorba menziesii

Common Name: Burnet
Genus: Sanguisorba
Species: menziesii

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to July

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

Fluffy vivid red bottlebrush-like flowers are produced from late spring. The delicate blue-grey feathery foliage forms a neat clump and is a feature in its own right as well as being an excellent foil for the finger-length flowers. Earlier to flower than other Sanguisorbas this looks particularly lovely planted with grasses and with Penstemon 'Raven' and Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' and does not like dry soil. The seed-heads retain their colour so do not cut it down until early spring.

Garden care: Cut down spent flower heads in early spring. Divide congested plants in spring or autumn.


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