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Sanguisorba canadensis

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: rich

Height: 2'-6'

Bloom Time: July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: bog plant, clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, pond margin plant, rare, swamp plant

Sanguisorba canadensis (Canada burnet)
  • Sanguisorba canadensis (Canada burnet)
  • Sanguisorba canadensis (Canada burnet)
  • Sanguisorba canadensis (Canada burnet)
  • Sanguisorba canadensis (Canada burnet)

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Description

Sanguisorba canadensis

Also known as:

Canada burnet

,

American burnet

Scientific Synonyms:

Sanguisorba sitchensis, Sanguisorba stipulata

Description

Sanguisorba canadensis is a striking, freshwater wetland plant that belongs to the rose family. It has attractive compound leaves comprised of saw-toothed leaflets. The stems can grow to a height of 6 feet or more, and are topped with bottlebrush-shaped spikes of white flower clusters.

Cultivation

Native to the cooler regions of the east and west coasts of North America, this rare plant is found growing in swamps, wetlands and occasionally in wet meadows. Canada burnet prefers full sun but will tolerate light shade. An attractive focal point for pond margins, low wet areas and wet meadows. It should be planted in rich, wet or even mucky soil. A late summer bloomer from July to October. Zones 4-6

Propagation

Best propagated by division or cuttings. Collected seeds will require a period of cold stratification and should be germinated in a consistently moist, but not wet, potting medium.

Additional Notes

The botanical name of this genus is due to its reputed ability to stop bleeding, and is derived from Latin meaning: to absorb blood.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL, IN, KY, RI, TN
  • Threatened: GA, ME, MD, MI

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Sanguisorba burnet
Species Sanguisorba canadensis Canada burnet