Salad Burnet description:
Not an amazing beauty, but it has a number of charming good points.
The foliage is unusual being fern-like and it can be blue-green in colour.
It produces unusual bronze ball flowers in early summer.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a herb garden, or border and is straightforward in most soils, including heavy or clay ones, provided there are no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).
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Also known as Small Burnet, or Garden Burnet, or just Burnet!
Botanical name: Sanguisorba minor.
Salad Burnet culinary uses:
Use in sauces and salads – it gives a cucumber flavour.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes and it is evergreen. Can also be planted next to a pathway where it can give off it’s cucumber fragrance.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil. Tolerates clay soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.
Size of plant:
Height 40 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
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