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Fodder Burnet

Poterium sanguisorba balearicum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
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Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Fields, grassland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, rocky places, wasteland.

Red, 5 petals
Long-stalked, burgundy flowers, oval in shape.
The fruit is a winged nutlet.
A perennial flower with greyish, pinnate leaves. There are up to 12 pairs of toothed leaflets. Reddish stems, square in cross-section. The short-stalked leaflets are more deeply toothed than those of the similar looking and more frequent Salad Burnet (Poterium Sanguisorba). Salad Burnet also has smaller leaves.
Other Names:
Balearic Burnet.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Poterium sanguisorba balearicum, also known as Balearic burnet, is a subspecies of Poterium sanguisorba, a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is native to the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean region and is commonly found in grassland, meadows, and pastures. P. sanguisorba balearicum is a herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of up to 1 meter. It has long, narrow, green leaves and small, pink or red flowers that bloom in the summer. The plant is valued for its medicinal properties and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions and respiratory problems. It is also used as a food source and is an important habitat plant for a variety of wildlife species. P. sanguisorba balearicum is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and is known for its ability to tolerate dry, rocky soil.


Fodder Burnet, also known as Poterium sanguisorba balearicum, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to the Balearic Islands, Spain. This plant is part of the Rosaceae family, which also includes many other commonly known plants such as roses, apples, and blackberries.

Fodder Burnet is a hardy plant that can grow up to 60 cm tall and has small, pinnate leaves that are greenish-grey in color and covered in fine hairs. The plant produces small, delicate, pinkish-red flowers in the summer, which are loved by bees and other pollinators.

The plant is also highly valued for its culinary and medicinal uses. The leaves have a tangy, cucumber-like flavor and are often used in salads, sauces, and as a garnish for cocktails. The plant is also known to have antiseptic properties and has been used to treat wounds and insect bites.

Fodder Burnet is a versatile plant that is easy to grow and can be grown in a variety of soils and climates. It is drought-tolerant and does not require much maintenance, making it an ideal choice for gardeners and landscapers who want to add a unique touch to their garden or landscape.

Fodder Burnet is not only a desirable plant for its flavor and beauty, but it also has environmental benefits. The plant is an excellent source of nectar for bees and other pollinators, providing them with a valuable food source during the flowering season. This in turn helps to promote biodiversity in the area and supports the overall health of the ecosystem.

Another benefit of Fodder Burnet is its ability to attract beneficial insects to the garden. The plant's leaves are known to contain compounds that are toxic to some insect pests, making it an effective natural insecticide. By planting Fodder Burnet in your garden, you can help to reduce the need for chemical pesticides, which can have harmful effects on the environment and on human health.

Fodder Burnet is also a great plant for gardening in small spaces. It is compact in size and does not spread out, making it ideal for growing in pots or small gardens. This also makes it a great choice for urban gardeners who want to grow their own fresh food in a small space.

In addition to its culinary and medicinal uses, Fodder Burnet is also a popular ornamental plant. Its delicate pinkish-red flowers and distinctive greenish-grey leaves make it a standout in any garden or landscape. The plant is also a great choice for rock gardens, herb gardens, and as an edging plant for borders.

In conclusion, Fodder Burnet is a versatile, low-maintenance, and environmentally friendly plant that has a range of benefits. Whether you are looking to grow your own fresh food, attract pollinators to your garden, or add a unique touch to your landscape, Fodder Burnet is a plant worth considering.