Basic Facts:

Common names: Burnet. Member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family.

Garden Use:

The large clumps and massed stems make a powerful statement in the border. The taller types are strong verticals as a highlight plant and the shorter ones give an intense patch of colour. They flower through the height of summer into autumn.

Wildlife Interest:

Great for bees.

Cut Flower Use:

Not tried but should be good.


Best in good soil and said to enjoy a good supply of moisture although they do pretty well in our dry soil.

Divide regularly as the root stocks become hard and difficult to split after several years.


We do our from division (named varieties) or seed (species). Seed are sown in heat in early spring. Division can be done after flowering for summer flowering types and in early spring for autumn flowerers.

Pests and Diseases:

No specific problems. Not bothered by slugs and snails in our garden.


Previously known as Poterium. The name Sanguisorba comes from a belief that the plants had blood-stemming properties (saguis = blood, sorbere = stopping).

Sanguisorba Lilac Squirrel

Perfect partners: Lilac Squirrel and Achillea Pretty Belinda make a great double act in our garden through July and August.

Always reminds me of a feather boa in vivid lilac pink. One of the most head-turning flowers in our garden

About 3-4ft tall and flowering from early July.  The spent flowers remain attractive for a long time after their colour has faded

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Available to order for collection at plant fairs only

Sanguisorba obtusa

Large, feather boas flowers in a warm pink

About 2ft 6in tall

Price 5.00 (1lt pot) limited stock may be available to order to collect from plant fairs only

Sanguisorba obtusa Alba

White form of the species

About 2ft 6in tall


Sanguisorba Pink Elephant

Tall and elegant and in flower from early July into August.  About 4-5ft tall.

The bobbles are deep rose and the fluffy bits are pale pink!


Sanguisorba Rock and Roll

Great, shorter form - about 2ft 6in tall in flower. Quite vigorous but not a thug. In flower from early July through August. Ideal for the front of the border.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot) Just a few left.

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