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Salad Burnet
(Sanguisorba minor)


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About Salad Burnet

Salad burnet plant

Burnet, a perennial plant in most locales, is a nice addition to salads (duh) and other dishes, lending a taste much like that of cucumber. It really should be better known and more often grown. (Sorry about the rhyme there.)


Cultivars

If there are any, we haven't seen them: the seeds are invariably called simply "salad burnet" (or, occasionally, just "burnet").


Planting

Burnet is apparently not fussy about its soil, tolerating extremes of pH and even nutrient-poor conditions. It wants partial to full sun, but is said to tolerate a fair amount of shading--one source says 6 hours of sun will suffice.

Direct-seed it fairly early in the season, preferably in a modest-sized container or pot. Chances are it will come up again by itself every year thereafter, whether by survival or by re-seeding (which it is said to do freely).


Growing

Burnet just wants moderate watering, but--like most herbs--doesn't like "wet feet", so arrange for good drainage. Better to under-water it than over-water it.

Because it grows vigorously, keep the blossoms cut back and take leaf frequently. Harvest a few leaves as needed. Take only tender, young leaves--pull off and discard older ones, as they tend to get bitter as they mature. Try to keep it cut back to perhaps 6 to 8 inches in height.


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