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Salad Burnet

Poterium sanguisorba

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Fields, grassland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, rocky places, wasteland.

Red, 5 petals
Oval burgundy-coloured flower heads on long stalks.
An achene which is a small one seeded dry, ridged nut.
Pinnate, having up to 12 pairs of toothed leaflets.
The leaves smell and taste of cucumber when crushed, unlike the leaves of Great Burnet.
Other Names:
Burnet, Drummer Heads, Fodder Burnet, Garden Burnet, Lamb's Ears, Little Burnet, Sheep's Burnet, Small Burnet.
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Poterium sanguisorba, also known as burnet or garden burnet, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is native to Europe and is commonly found in grassland, meadows, and pastures. P. sanguisorba 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 is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and is known for its ability to tolerate dry, rocky soil.


Salad Burnet, also known as Poterium sanguisorba, is a culinary herb commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. This herb has a long history of use in traditional medicine, but it is best known for its tangy, cucumber-like flavor that adds a unique twist to salads and other dishes.

Salad Burnet is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant that grows to be about 2 feet tall. It has delicate leaves that are green on top and purple underneath. The leaves are typically harvested young, before the plant flowers, for maximum flavor. Salad Burnet leaves have a slightly bitter taste and a refreshing, crisp texture that makes them an excellent addition to salads, sandwiches, and other cold dishes.

In addition to its culinary uses, Salad Burnet has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including indigestion, wounds, and skin irritations. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and is sometimes used to soothe sore throats and other respiratory issues.

To grow Salad Burnet, simply sow seeds in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. The plants will germinate in about two weeks, and can be harvested within a few months. If you live in a cold climate, it is best to grow Salad Burnet as an annual, as it is not frost-tolerant.

If you're looking to add a new flavor to your cooking, consider trying Salad Burnet. This versatile herb can be found in specialty herb stores, or can be grown in your own garden. Whether you're using it to flavor salads, sauces, or just to add a unique twist to your cooking, Salad Burnet is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Salad Burnet is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes, both savory and sweet. It pairs particularly well with other herbs, such as mint and basil, and is a common ingredient in herb blends like fines herbes.

When cooking with Salad Burnet, it's best to use the leaves sparingly, as they have a strong flavor. A little goes a long way, so start with just a few leaves and add more to taste. The leaves can be chopped and added to soups, sauces, and marinades, or used as a garnish on sandwiches and other dishes. They can also be added to cold drinks, like iced tea and lemonade, to give them a unique twist.

In addition to its culinary uses, Salad Burnet has also been used in cosmetics and beauty products for centuries. The oil extracted from the seeds is high in antioxidants and is believed to have anti-aging properties, making it a popular ingredient in skin care products.

If you're interested in trying Salad Burnet in your cooking, look for it at specialty herb stores, or try growing it in your own garden. This hardy plant is easy to grow, and is a great addition to any herb garden. Whether you're using it to flavor your cooking, or simply as a decorative plant, Salad Burnet is sure to impress.

In addition to its use in cooking, Salad Burnet has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The plant contains a variety of compounds, including tannins, flavonoids, and volatile oils, which give it its unique flavor and are believed to be responsible for its medicinal properties.

Traditionally, Salad Burnet has been used to treat digestive issues, such as indigestion, and is said to have a calming effect on the digestive system. It is also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular ingredient in natural remedies for wounds, skin irritations, and respiratory issues.

In modern times, Salad Burnet is still used in traditional medicine and is sometimes incorporated into natural remedies and dietary supplements. While more research is needed to fully understand the medicinal properties of Salad Burnet, its long history of use and anecdotal evidence suggest that it may be a valuable natural remedy for a variety of health conditions.

Another interesting fact about Salad Burnet is that it is a pollinator-friendly plant. The flowers of the plant are rich in nectar and attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. By planting Salad Burnet in your garden, you can help support pollinators and contribute to the health of the environment.

In conclusion, Salad Burnet is not only a unique and flavorful herb that adds a refreshing twist to many dishes, but it also has a long history of use in traditional medicine and is a valuable addition to any herb garden. Whether you're using it for culinary or medicinal purposes, Salad Burnet is a versatile and useful herb that is well worth trying.

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