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Still relatively obscure these hardy, clump forming perennials deserve wider use. They provide flowers from late spring till autumn and have an airy appearance thanks to their wiry stems.

Native to areas around much of the northern hemisphere from the UK throughout Europe and Asia as far as Japan.  Sanguisorba have been little used in gardens until the last 20 years or so.  They have been popularised by the introduction of the dwarf Sanguisorba 'Tanna' and some of the taller varieties such as Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant and 'Arnhem' that have been widely used in naturalistic planting schemes by the likes of Dutchman Piet Oudolf.

The majority of Sanguisorba are hardy herbaceous clump formers, with heights ranging from 30cm to over 2m.  Most have strong wiry flowering stems that hold up well throught the season, though some do flop a bit.  The attractive pinnate foliage makes a good contrast with grassy leaves as well as broader leaves and the flowers mix very well with traditional herbaceous borders as well as the more modern naturalistic styles.

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Sanguisorba 'Rock and Roll'

Sanguisorba 'Rock and Roll'£3.50

A new selection with lots of slightly nodding pink flowers on wiry, upright stems to 1m. Good soil in sun.

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Sanguisorba 'Tanna'

Sanguisorba 'Tanna'£3.50

One of the first to be widely grown this very low growing form has dark maroon bobble-like flowers over dark green pinnate leaves to 30cm. Ordinary to good soil in sun.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Arnhem'

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Arnhem'£4.50

Clumps of divided leaves and tall wiry stems to 1.8m topped with open heads of brick red bobble-like flowers in summer. Good soil in sun.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Morning Select'

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Morning Select'£3.50

A new selection making low clumps of fresh green pinnate leaves and wiry stems topped with clouds of bobble-like red flowers in late summer to 80cm. Good soil in sun.

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