Burnet

Sanguisorba 'Tanna'

Burnet - Sanguisorba  'Tanna'

Common Name: Burnet
Genus: Sanguisorba
Cultivar: 'Tanna'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 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: June to September

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


  • Other features: the cucumber-flavoured foliage is a welcome addition in the salad bowl


Spires of dark red blooms appear above crimped blue-grey foliage from summer through to autumn. A lovely compact burnet introduced from Japan spreads slowly to form a 40cm wide mass. Though the flowers are stunning this plant is often grown just for its interesting and attractive foliage. Excellent when combined with other textural plants such as Hakenokhloa macra, Helleborus corsicus, Iris siberica and Deschampsis cespitosa 'Goldtau'. An ideal plant for smaller gardens as it is more compact than other burnets and is happiest in a sunny spot where the soil stays moist.

  • Garden care: Divide plants in spring or autumn.

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