Sanguisorba canadensis

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 Sanguisorba canadensis subsp. var.  Canadian burnet, Great burnet
Canadian burnet
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
48in60in 24in36in
Height: 48 in to 60 in
Width: 24 in to 36 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 4 to 8
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: white
Rosaceae > Sanguisorba canadensis var. ,

Sanguisorba canadensis, or Canadian burnet, is a perennial in the family Rosaceae native to North America, commonly growing in bogs, swamps, and roadsides from Labrador to Georgia. It grows 4-5 ft. tall, with creamy white flowers that grow in cylindrical spikes. Unlike its close relatives, Sanguisorba officinalis (Great burnet) and Sanguisorba minor (Salad burnet), the leaves must be cooked to be eaten, in order to remove the bitterness.[1]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sanguisorba canadensis, Linn. Taller, larger in every way than the above: lfts. oblong to almost triangular-oblong, truncate or cordate at the base, long-stalked, obtuse, sharp-toothed: fl.-heads cylindrical, 2-6 in. long, the fls. all perfect, whitish. Low grounds, Mich., east and south. —An interesting plant, worthy a place in the hardy border, and sometimes sold for that purpose. It produces much foliage. Grows 5-6 ft. tall. CH

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Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a good moist soil that does not dry out in the summer, in sun or partial shade[187, 200]. Succeeds in the flower border or in moist grass[1], plants can become invasive when they are grown by water[200].


Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in the spring[188].

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  1. Gardner, Jo Ann; Holly S. Dougherty (2005). Herbs in Bloom. Timber Press. p. 293. ISBN 9780881926989. 

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