Herb, Salad Burnet

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Quick Overview

HERB, Salad Burnet –
Poterium sanguisorba

FULL SUN Native to western Asia and Europe, Salad Burnet was once a highly prized herb for its delicate, cucumber flavor. It was brought to the US in the 1700s. It is rarely seen today even though it is a welcome addition to most green salads. The 12-18 in. plants are easy to grow and prolific self-seeders. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring and the danger of frost has passed. Rows should be 18 in. apart. When seedlings are 2 in. high, thin, leaving 12-15 in. between plants.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Perennial 12-15 in. 1/2 in. 14-21 90

Herb, Salad Burnet

It is curious that such a wonderful little herb could have enjoyed such immense popularity 400 years ago and now be all but forgotten. Salad Burnet’s refreshing cucumber flavor made it an essential ingredient in Renaissance salads, but over time it was replaced by cucumbers. Its lovely, showy, pink flowers made it a popular border plant. Sir Francis Bacon recommended Salad Burnet as a garden pathway plant, because it gave off such a nice fragrance when trod upon, and Thomas Jefferson planted fields of Salad Burnet to be used as animal fodder.

Salad Burnet is a good companion plant for dill, basil, thyme, garlic, oregano, marjoram and tarragon.

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