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Salad Burnet: a Hardy Herb

Updated on November 2, 2012

Salad Burnet

Living in a cold climate, that has a growing season, that is only 90 days long; I am always on the lookout for plants that appreciate the climate. Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is one that does.

Salad Burnet forms clumps as it grows and is a member the Rose family (Rosaceae). Salad Burnet is a native of Europe and Asia and appreciates chalky (alkaline) soils. It was cultivated in medieval gardens and is now naturalized in much of North America, and often is found growing near country roadsides and meadows throughout England.

The flowers are attractive and deep red in colour and form tightly packed globular head in late summer. The leaves are a grey-green. This is a plant that is ideal for garden pathways between the paving stones as it will release a pleasant fragrance when trod upon.

Salad Burnet is a cut and come again plant. Use a sharp pair of scissors to harvest the young leaves and sue them right away.

The young leaves add a cucumber like flavour to a salad and it is this quality that makes this herb doubly appealing personally; not only will it grow well where I live but the flavour is a favourite.

The taste of cucumber always takes me back to when my grandmother and I used to enjoy lunch together and a cucumber sandwich was often the main course.

The young leaves of Salad Burnet make great vinegar and the leaves will be reusable in a salad even after they have been immersed in the vinegar.

Vinegars add flavour to your meals and at the most basic level the reason for French fries is to serve as a delivery vehicle for vinegar.

Plants that serve more than one purpose are appealing. After all, you make the effort to provide the plant with the light, air, water and food it needs to thrive why not receive multiple benefits in return; this is simply a wise investment of yoru time and resources.

Salad Burnet is an attractive plant so can enhance your garden’s eye appeal and provides leaves for salad and vinegar. Once it is established it will thrive and continue to provide you these benefits over the years and all you need to do is make sure the plant’s basic needs are met. Simple enough and yet, the basis of all gardening, meeting the plant’s need while providing for your own.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Glad it was helpful, more to come, all the best in your move and happy gardening.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much. That could have been written for me. We're about to move to a cold climate after growing aloe vera and cactus plants for years.

    This will indeed be a new experience for us, Thanks again.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Enjoy

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    Frosty Heimann 7 years ago

    Well, I guess I'll find out. Going to plant some this year. Can't eat cucumbers. Thanks for the tip.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I do not know,

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    Frosty Heimann 7 years ago

    Are there any psychoactive properties of Salad Burnet?

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    \you are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

    So glad to learn about salad burnet. Thanks!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Glad it was useful, thanks for dropping by.

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    Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

    I have never heard of this. I'll have to look into since I live in a cold climate with a short growing season. Appreciate the info.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both for dropping by.

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    AARON99 7 years ago

    A very good hub, must say. Keep writing.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a great hub.

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