Salad Burnet – Poterium sanguisorba

Salad Burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) has , up until recently, been known by its old botanical name of Sanguisorba Minor. Iit is a member of the Rosaceae family along with the strawberry and the rose
Salad Burnet is a short to medium height plant with grey / pale leaves and a rounded flower, which are often speckled, and are small in size, usually green / red in colour with bright red styles. It is mainly found on dry, infertile, chalk or limestone grasslands as it does not do well on moist calcareous clays.

Although many plants stop growing into summer, Salad Burnet can continue its growth due to its deep roots, allowing it to exploit the water which is out of reach to many other species.
The leaves of this plant have a distinct smell of cucumber and surprisingly taste of cucumber. These leaves can comprise of up to 12 pairs of rounded, toothed leaves and form a rsette at the base of the flower stem.

Height: Up to 30cm
Flowering Time: May to August
Preferred Conditions: This plant likes to grow in dry and infertile chalky / limestone soil upon calcareous ground.

Salad Burnet -  Poterium sanguisorba