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.
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.
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.
Sanguisorba 'White Tanna'£4.50
A new white flowered form to 90cm. Clumps of pinnate foliage. Good soil in sun.
Spreading clumps of grey foliage and wiry, upright stems topped with candles of white flowers in summer. Worth growing for the foliage alone. Average to good soil in sun or light shade. 1.5m.
Amazing burgundy red pokers held above attractive clumps of deep green pinnate foliage in late spring to early summer. Definitely a “What’s that?” plant. 65cm.
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Morning Select'£4.50
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.
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Pink Tanna'£4.00
One of the first offspring from 'Tanna', this is much taller at about 1.2m. Clumps of divided foliage and wiry stems topped wtih lots of nodding pink flowers in summer. Good soil in sun.
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'£3.50
A new variety with excellent deep red bobble-like flowers on wiry stems to 1m. Attractive foliage is a bonus. Good soil in sun.
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Tall Tanna'£4.00
From the former Four Seasons nursery this is just like 'Tanna' but twice the height. Darker maroon bobble-like flowers in mid-summer to 60cm. Good soil in sun.
Sanguisorba officinalis CDC262£4.00
A strong, upright Korean collection with short spikes of burgundy flowers on wiry stems to 2m. Late summer flowering. Good soil in sun.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant'£4.00
A recent introduction with largish pink fluffy flowers on wiry stems to 1.5m. Clump forming with large pinnate foliage to 45cm. Average to good soil in sun