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Herbaceous Perennial

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Buttons'
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A compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with glaucous green, scalloped foliage and tall, slender stems forming a dense mass of small, ruby red, oval flower spikes in summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Red Green Grey Silver
Autumn Red Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Sanguisorba are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with attractive, pinnate leaves and branched stems bearing terminal spikes of small fluffy flowers with conspicuous stamens

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Will grow well in moderatelly fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Might require support to avoid collapsing. See staking perennials

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division in spring and autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Prairie planting
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back in autumn or leave seedhead structure for winter interest

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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