Plant Details

Common Name :  Burnet, Salad Burnet, Garden Burnet
Botanical Name : Burnet, Sanguisorba minor
Type : Annual
Height : 12 - 30 inches  Can remain small with consistent harvesting
Width : 12 - 30 inches
Bloom Time : Late Summer
Bloom Color : Tiny inconspicuous pink/purple flowers
Habit : Spreading, horizontal
Foliage : Green

Attributes :  Culinary, Landscape, Rock Garden, Potpourri, Medicinal, Beauty Products, Drought tolerant

Uses: Good for cooking.  It adds a cucumber flavor to season salads, cheese and egg dishes, vinegar and iced drinks. Burnet also works well in the landscape as an edging or border. Excellent for rock gardens. Use the flowers in potpourri.  Chewing burnet leaves is believed to aid digestion. If added to facial cream, it is reputed to enhance your skin. Used as an erosion control

Harvesting : Harvest only the young leaves after the morning dew has dried.  Hot weather harvests can be bitter. Tastes best when the center vein is stripped out.

History :  A Mediterranean native with hardy tolerance was brought to America by the pilgrims.



Quick Facts

Common Name :  Salad Burnet, Garden Burnet
Hardy Range :  Zones 4A - 8B
Spread :  12.00 - 30.00 in
Light :  Partial shade or partial sun - Full sun
Height :  12.00 - 30.00 in
Fall Color :  Not applicable
Leaf Color :  Green
Fruit Color :  Not applicable
Bloom Time :  Late summer
Bloom Color :  Purple
Bloom Attributes :  Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
Shape :  Spreading or horizontal
Soil Condition :  Loamy
Growth Rate :  Average growth rate
Moisture :  Moist
Persistence :  Broadleaf
Family Name :  Rosaceae (Rose)
Type :  Herb

Plant Care

Sun : Full Sun, Part Sun
Water : Average
Maintenance : Easy
Spacing : 15 inches
Soil : Well-drained/loamy. The pH preference is a neutral soil.

You can dig up and divide older plants.  Remove flowers in order to encourage continued leaf production.

Burnet adds a nice cucumber-like taste to fresh salads and sandwiches. It is so easy to grow and remains tidy, it needs to be added to any container garden. Burnet is also drought tolerant and can withstand partial shade locations, making it a must have for those of us with less than ideal growing conditions.

The flowers of salad burnet herb are not self pollinating and must be pollinated by wind. In good conditions, they will form seed in fall. They will self-seed easily and form a patch of the herb. Older plants should be removed because their flavor is not as good as the plant ages. New plants grow so easily that a constant supply of tender new leaves can be had by saving seed and succession sowing. Sprinkle the seed in the garden bed and cover lightly with a dusting of sand. With moderate moisture, salad burnet growing is easy and fast.


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