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Garden burnet

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Garden burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
Sanguisorba minor
  • Sanguisorba minor
  • Sanguisorba minor



Origin and description

Garden burnet is native to Eurasia but has spread throughout much of North America.
Its leaves have a cucumber flavour. The plant requires little attention, grows well in dry sites and can be harvested right up until it is buried under the snow.
Cycle: Perennial.
Spacing: 30 cm.
Height: 30 cm.

Common name

Garden burnet

Latin name (genus)

Sanguisorba minor

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Rosaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: Full sun


Sow seed indoors in March-April.
Sow seed outdoors in May.
Divide in spring.


Culinary use: The leaves add a cucumber flavour to salads, sauces, yoghurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, butter, mayonnaise, soups and omelettes.

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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