A British native of damp meadows. Distinctive chocolate flower heads from June to September.
Flowers usually start out red and gradually turn dark chocolate brown. Happy in a range of soils from well drained to wet.
It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) where it is known by the name Di Yu. It is said to cool the blood, stop bleeding, clear heat, and heal wounds (Chinese Herbal Materia Medica by Dan Bensky).
Height and spread: 1m x 60cm
Common name(s): Great burnet; Drumsticks; Maiden's Heads; Red Knobs