Salad Burnet

Did you know? The salad burnet was Francis Bacon’s favorite herb.
Common name : Salad Burnet
Scientific name : Sanguisorba minor
Family : Rosaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Urban
Urban
Flowery
Flowery
Small pots
Small pots
Sanguisorba minor - the salad burnet - is a plant in the rose family Rosaceae, native to Europe and naturalized in most of North America. It is a drought-tolerant perennial herbaceous plant growing to 40–90 cm tall, usually found in dry grassy meadows, often on limestone soils. Leaves be used as an ingredient in both salads and dressings, with a flavour that can be described as cucumber.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 50 - 100
pH 7 - 8

Identify my salad burnet

The small burnet, Sanguisorba minor is easy to recognize: it has pinnate basal leaves with up to 24 rounded and toothed leaflets, measures up to 50 cm in height and has a rather prostrate port. The large burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis, reaches 1 m with upright and branched stems and also has pinnate leaves with toothed leaflets, round to oval.

Sow my salad burnet

Sow the burnet in spring, between March and June. Finely prepare the site with a light digging, a clawing to break the clods and a raking to push the coarsest elements on the edges. In pots, sow in a mixture of sand, loam and compost. In open soil, choose a sunny site in rich soil, fresh and draining, rather calcareous. Sow on a line or on a surface, then rake to lightly cover the seeds. Tamp with a board or the flat of your hand and water every day for a week, in fine rain.

Thin out my salad burnet

Two weeks after sowing, it is better to thin out your burnet by keeping only one every 20 cm.

Plant my salad burnet

Small burnets support dry, well-drained soil and appreciate limestone. The great burnets prefer a rich, fresh and well-drained soil: enrich the earth with compost if your soil is poor. Dip the clumps in a tray filled with water to moisten them well. Plant them when the water is no longer flowing out of the bucket. Prepare the soil: make holes, leaving a spacing of 20 to 30 cm per foot, and mix the soil with fibrous compost and sand. Put the plants in there. Fill with soil and tamp gently to avoid leaving air around the roots, then water.

Weed my salad burnet

In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.

Water my salad burnet

Water during the summer season once a week if the weather is dry. Remember to keep the leaves dry ! In the first week after sowing, keep the moisture wet - every 3 to 4 days in the following weeks.

Fertilize my salad burnet

With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.

Propagate my salad burnet

It should not be necessary: the burnets grow quite efficiently without outside help!

Dibble my salad burnet

Replant at least 30 days after sowing. Small burnets support dry, well-drained soil and appreciate limestone. The great burnets prefer a rich, fresh and well-drained soil: enrich the earth with compost if your soil is poor. Dip the clumps in a tray filled with water to moisten them well. Plant them when the water is no longer flowing out of the bucket. Prepare the soil: make holes, leaving a spacing of 20 to 30 cm per foot, and mix the soil with fibrous compost and sand. Put the plants in there. Fill with soil and tamp gently to avoid leaving air around the roots, then water.

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