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Salad Burnet

Growing Information:

Salad Burnet



SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant





Habitat and Description

Growing Salad Burnet

Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is a clump-forming perennial herb in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and is native to Europe and Asia. Salad Burnet thrives on chalky (alkaline) soils. It was cultivated in medieval gardens and is now naturalized in much of North America, and often is found growing near country roadsides and meadows throughout England. Resembling a lacy fern, the small, petal-less flowers are a deep magenta and are found in dense globular heads in early summer. The pinnate leaves are green-grey, and grow from a red woody stem.

  • Many herbs are easy to grow from seed. Salad Burnet seeds germinate in one to three weeks at room temperature. In a washed and sterilized shallow dish, place potting soil about 1 inch deep and then carefully sprinkle Salad Burnet seeds evenly over soil. Cover seeds with 1/2-inch of peat moss. Place in a warm sunny window. Mist with water keeping the seeds consistently moist until they are 1-inch tall. Tender new plants must be introduced to temperature changes before transplanting by gradually leaving them outside longer on successive days. After the dew has dried, simply place the dish of seedlings outside on a porch or in another protected area for two hours. On each successive day, add one hour of exposure time; on the eighth day, plant the seedlings in the prepared outdoor bed. This process is "Hardening Off." Alternatively, the roots of existing plants can be divided in early spring, so they can establish themselves by late spring. When using either cultivation method, apply a slow-release organic fertilizer, such as blood, fish, and bone to help the new plants get off to a good start.
  • Water frequently keeping the seeds moist until seedlings appear. Add mulch early before the soil dries out to help conserve water and keep the roots damp. Even fully-grown Salad Burnet plants planted out in the garden require regular watering. Salad Burnet likes full sun and moist soil, but will tolerate partial shade. In mild winter climes, Salad Burnet may winter-over.
  • As the plants mature, frequently give them a light trim to encourage growth and help them keep their desired shape. Other than a doing a substantial cutting back in autumn, most herb gardeners leave Salad Burnet to grow untamed. These plants self-seed easily.

Salad Burnet

The benefits of Salad Burnet

Salad burnet , while not considered on of the major additions to the herbal pharmacopoeia, is still a decorative and endearing herb.The plant name, Sanguisorba, derived from the Latin, gives clue to its ability to staunch blood from wounds, and is closely related to the alchemilla genus which are used in the same manner. The plant is healing, tonic, styptic and cooling, having much the same medicinal qualities as the less tasty medicinal burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis). Like borage, burnet wasbest known for its ability to "lighten the heart" and was most often served in wine.

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