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Salad Burnet
Salad Burnet

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Our Price: $5.95
ZONE: 4 - 8
SIZE: 12"H x 6"W
BLOOM: Magenta, Spring - Fall

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Salad Burnet Plants

Sanguisorba minor

Salad Burnet is a beautiful herb that's a lot tougher than it looks. This seemingly fragile, whimsical-looking herb is cold hardy and is usually one of the first herbs ready in early Spring. Its preference for poor soil conditions and little water also make it an attractive filler plant for substandard areas. Thomas Jefferson saw the engineering potential in this plant and employed it to help fight erosion on the slopes near his home as well as to feed his livestock.

Related to the Rose family, Salad Burnet's beauty and aroma have made this herb a fond addition to gardens for centuries. Highly popular in Elizabethan England, it was used as a garnish for expensive wines and appetizers and was seen as a symbol of class and sophistication.Preferring partial shade and mild temperatures, intense sun and too much moisture will ruin Salad Burnett. The hotter the weather, the more bitter the plant's leaves become and too much water will cause the roots to rot. Try planting this pretty, delicate looking herb in a pot or container so you can adjust to changing temperatures!

History of Salad Burnet

Since the Medieval times Salad Burnett has been highly regarded for the belief that it could stop internal hemorrhaging and bleeding, and is commonly known as "blood drink" which is taken from its Latin name. Soldiers would drink teas and tonics made with Salad Burnet to stop wounds from bleeding and it was also used in anti plague tonics during outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague. Though the herb does possess astringent medical value it has never been proved to be effective to heal wounds or prevent contagious disease.

Used in culinary form, the plant's tender young leaves have a cucumber-like taste and compliment salads well. Though it tends to lose its flavor when dried, it can be frozen for preservation. With age, the leaves become more bitter so prune back the flowers to encourage new, more flavorful growth.

Zones: 4 - 8

Size: 12"H x 6"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Magenta, Spring - Fall

Uses: Salad Burnet has a terrific cucumber taste and the tender young leaves are a great element to any salad, while the flowers make a great garnish. This herb also grows easily under hard conditions and makes a great hillside plant, as it helps prevent erosion. Medically, Salad Burnet is an astringent.

Tips: Try pairing Salad Burnet with Rosemary, Mint, Dill, Tarragon, Oregano or Basil for a more complex flavor profile in your next recipe!

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Salad Burnet April 25, 2018
Reviewer: MARK LUCE from FAYETTEVILLE, NC United States  
It wintered well.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Beautiful! April 24, 2017
Reviewer: Laurie Byrne from Warrenton, VA United States  
Plants arrived in great shape. Waiting for night time temps to be a little warmer before planting in my planter!

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Doing good April 2, 2017
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Port lavac, TX United States  
The plant arrived in good condition and is growing very good

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Burnet November 4, 2016
Reviewer: Karin Hoxworth from Centralia, IL United States  
Glad to find this herb . Thank you  wonderful for sauces and salads. Will buy again

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  9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
My favorite herb! May 31, 2011
Reviewer: J. Disborough from Harwood, MD, MD United States  
I planted 4 starter plants of salad burnet 3 seasons ago when I started my herb garden. They have become my favorite herb plants. In zone 7, they stay evergreen and when snow is not covering them, I use the tiny leaves all year for salads. The subtle cucumber flavor is enticing and a wonderful addition to my wine vinegars too. All my friends recognize the other herbs in my garden but are amazed at salad burnet and say they have never heard of it. I have educated many people by taste alone and will never be without this beautiful, hardy perennial herb.

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