Sanguisorba officinalis

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

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

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.