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Burnet has fabulous flowers and foliage

By: Garden Gate staff
Get a late-season garden that wows with this gorgeous perennial.

Burnet has fabulous flowers and foliage

Dress up your fall garden with this unique perennial! Distinctive leaves — gray-green with a scalloped edge — and bobbing wine-purple blooms make burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) the perfect addition to any late-season bed or border. It can easily reach up to 4 feet tall or more, but the airy catkins, or flower clusters, won’t block your view. Pair it with ornamental grasses and wildflowers for an informal look. Its long-lasting blooms keep their color, lingering on the stems to add winter interest, too.


Type Perennial

Blooms Wine-purple catkins in late summer to fall

Light Full sun

Soil Moist, well-drained; tolerates poor

Pests None serious

Size 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

Source Avant Gardens

Published: Sept. 30, 2014
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