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Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) or (Poterium sanguisorba) is a perennial herb that has an appearance similar to a fern. If care is not taken to keep this herb in check (it seeds freely), it can escape the herb garden and become weed-like in other areas of the garden. The salad burnet plant is frost, cold and drought tolerant, and is often found growing well in disturbed soils, such as along roadsides.
Salad burnet has leaves that are very fine, delicate, loose, and fern-like. The flowers are small and pink, purple-pink to reddish, with a roundish appearance. The plant grows to about 25 to 32.5cm tall, although the leaves are fairly bland in colour, in bright light they can appear tinged with pink.
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Sowing; Can be sown all year round. Direct sow outdoors in summer or in an unheated greenhouse during the autumn and winter months. Salad burnet can also be grown as an annual, sown in spring.
Seeds can be sown directly where they are to grow, or can be sown indoors in pots and transplanted to the garden until a suitable size to plant out. Sow seed in a general seed compost. As salad burnet does not like being transplanted, sow in modules and take care when planting out in the prepared position. Cover the seed with a thin amount of compost, or vermiculite. Place in cold frame until a suitable size to plant out.
Alternatively sow ripe seed in the autumn on a prepared site outdoors. Division of roots can take place in spring or autumn
Cultivation; After planting Salad Burnet requires very little care. It grows to 30 to 40cm, (12 to 15in) in height and keeps in a clump form for quite a few years before it is required to divide.
Harvesting; Cut back the leaves regularly to provide a supply of fresh leaves more or less all year round. Take care not to exhaust the plant, so grow several clumps if possible. Remove flower heads to retain the best flavour in the leaves. In very hot summers the leaves can become rather bitter. This is because the tannin contained is brought to the surface of the leaves. Cut back to promote new leaves.
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