• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Sanguisorba officinalis

great burnet

great burnet

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  • Other common names great burnet
    greater burnet

    greater salad burnet
    burnet bloodwort

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

  • Family Rosaceae / Rosaceae

  • Details S. officinalis forms a compact clump of pinnate leaves with rounded or oblong leaflets, and maroon flowers in dense, rounded or oval spikes in summer and early autumn

  • Plant range North Temperate reg


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out; best in full sun or partial shade. Usually needs support and the rhizomes can spread and become invasive so site with care

Propagation Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring or autumn. Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Prairie Planting Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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