Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman’s Favourites -

Sanguisorba is a genus we love a lot. It cre­ates a won­der­ful feel of airi­ness and loose­ness in nat­u­ral­is­tic plant­ings, and this tall, white bur­net adds a won­der­ful airy feel, es­pe­cially when grown en masse as the late-flow­er­ing spikes tend to ap­pear one by one – and a mix of opened and un­opened flow­ers looks fab­u­lous. We grow it along­side the even taller, dark-red Sanguisorba ‘Cang­shan Cran­berry’, which we got from Gra­ham Gough at Marchants Hardy Plants, the dark-pink S. men­ziesii and our own se­lec­tion the red S. of­fic­i­nalis ‘Rock and Roll’. A win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

Height 1.5m. Ori­gin North Amer­ica. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H7, USDA 4a-8b. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to au­tumn.

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