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Poterium sanguisorba (Salad Burnet) Herb Plant

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Salad Burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) Herb in 9cm Pot

Salad Burnet or Poterium sanguisorba was formally known as Sanguisorba minor  it is a perennial semi-evergreen plant that will provide abundant leaves for most of the year, and is a really lovely filler in the border with its unusual foliage and mildly flavoured leaves. Growing from 30cm to 1.1m tall, Salad Burnet prefers chalky moist fertile soil, and will tolerate sun or partial shade.  Can be grown in a container or great for less formal settings such as wildflower meadows or wild gardens. It produces a mound of pinnate leaves and in the summer small globe shaped crimson fluffy flowers on tall stems that are very attractive to a wealth of insects. If you are growing this herb purely to harvest it's leaf, the flowering shoots must be removed quickly to maintain good leaf production, but can be grown to be an ornamental if you leave the attractive flower spikes on.

Herb Usage

Salad burnet, is a perennial herb naturalised in Britain since the 16th Century. The leaves have a lovely mild taste similar to cucumber, and will add depth to salads, the leaves can also be added to summer drinks for a cucumber kick. Also try chopping into mayonnaise for a fresh flavour.  

Buy Salad Burnet Online

Our potted Salad Burnet herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Poterium sanguisorba (Salad Burnet) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Moist well-drained soil
Flower Colour Red
Height 100cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Poterium sanguisorba
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Salads
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic Infusion
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Attractive Foliage
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    Super service!

    Posted by Denise Greenham on 30th Jun 2020

    Great website and selection of herbs. Easy to order and quick and efficient delivery. Packaging excellent, and plants arrived in tip top condition. Definitely will order from Hooks Green Herbs again and can thoroughly recommend them.

  • 5
    Good quality plants

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Jun 2018

    Plants arrived promptly, were well packed and in a good condition, They look good in the garden.