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Growth habit.

Burnet Bloodwort, Great Burnet
Sanguisorba officinalis


Oblong-elliptical pairs of pinnate and toothed basal leaves form a rounded mound from which tall stalks of cylindrical burgundy red flower heads emerge. Flowers are densely formed and petalless.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: rounded/mounded

Plant Use: In naturalized gardens.

Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
dark red
Bloom Period:
late summer
early fall
Height: Minimum: 30 inches      Maximum: 64 inches

Width: Minimum: 24 inches     Maximum: 64 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: Japanese beetles like this plant. May need staking. Leaves and rhizomatous roots have astringent properties and have been used to control bleeding, reduce skin inflammation, and to kill pathogenic organisms. Leaves also are used in salads, soups, and other dishes.

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