50 Natives: Maine: Sanguisorba canadensis – Canadian Burnet

Moving back into my own regional neighborhood (i.e last week in Utah – now in Maine) I am busily researching plants, plants and more plants.  I am feeling the pressure to to get things planted into my own garden as soon as possible….as it is looking likely that I will actually be hosting a garden wedding in September (though not quite 100% for sure yet) and I want things to look their best for my little sister.

canadian burnet sanguisorba canadensis

1. Sanguisorba canadensis, 2. Sanguisorba canadensis, 3. Sanguisorbe du Canada – Sanguisorba canadensis – Canadian burnet @ Essipit , Qc DSC_5442, 4. Canadian Burnet

Sanguisorba is top on my list.  Native not just to Maine, but also Massachusetts where I live.  I expect it thrive and add alot towards my airy, farmy New England Garden.  I love the prolific white flowers and this combo by James Alexander Sinclair is one of the prettiest I have seen in a while.  (Sanguisorba canadensis, Verbena bonariensis and last weeks native – Salix exigua)

It not only has beautiful flowers, but pretty foliage that smells like cucumbers (ahhh reminds me of summer).   Sanguisorba’s leaves can be added to salads and also have a cucumber taste.

Sanguisorba canadensis image from Avondale nursery catalog in the UK.

image by by julie_dansereau

The whole family of Sanguisorbas have a lot to offer in the garden,  I think this one is Sanguisorba menziesii (correct me if I am wrong) (Available from Digging Dog Nursery) — and native only to Washington State and Alaska — but another beautiful variation on this useful plant.   Do you grow this plant?  What do you like or dislike about it?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Joseph Tychonievich on February 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I got a stunning variegated one from Arrowhead Alpines last year — the flowers are nice, but the foliage is nearly outlined in white and is absolutely stunning. Sadly, I don’t see it in their catalog this year! I should have bought more.

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