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 Arnhem

Tall, airy and deep, dark red. Flowers June-August.

Pictured here with Phlox Blue Evening and Phlox David.


Sanguisorba Burr Blanc

Upright (rather than dangly) white flowers from June to late August. About 4ft tall.


Sanguisorba dodecandra

Large, showy white flowers on stout self-supporting plants from early July into September. About 4-5ft tall.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot)

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


Sanguisorba obtusa Alba

White form of the species

About 2ft 6in tall

Price 5.00 (9cm)

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.


Sanguisorba Shiro-Fukurin

White-edged leaves and dark red flowers make this a lovely addition to the border in sun or light shade. About 2ft 6in / 75cm tall.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot)

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