Greater Burnet

Great Burnet is a native perennial of peaty soils and is associated with damp, marsh meadows and unimproved hay meadows. Often found by the edges of rivers and lakes.



Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) is a perennial with distinctive red/burgundy tightly packed flower clusters on tall, leafless stalks. It flowers from June – September and requires damp ground with full sun, but can grow on drierย soils.ย Itย can reach just under a metre tall. The pinnate leaves of Great Burnet do not smell of cucumber – as its relative Salad Burnet does – when crushed.ย The leaves look green from above and grey from below.