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Sanguisorba

Burnet

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'£4.50

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'£3.00

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 'White Tanna'

Sanguisorba 'White Tanna'£4.50

A new white flowered form to 90cm. Clumps of pinnate foliage. Good soil in sun.


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Sanguisorba canadensis

Sanguisorba canadensis£4.50

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.


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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'£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.


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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Pink Tanna'

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Pink Tanna'£5.00

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.


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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'£3.50

A new variety with excellent deep red bobble-like flowers on wiry stems to 1.5m. Attractive foliage is a bonus. Good soil in sun.


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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.


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Sanguisorba officinalis CDC262

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.


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Sanguisorba stipulata var. riishirensis£5.00

A rare form with clumps of blue-grey pinnate leaves and dark stems holding deep reddish caterpillars almost concealed by white filaments. 1.2m. Good soil in sun.


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Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant'

Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant'£4.50

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


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Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba£5.50

Clumps of fine, pinnate leaves send up tall, wandering, wiry stems topped with lots of amazing white caterpillar like flowers in summer. Good soil in sun. Do not stake! 2.4m.


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