Sanguisorba sp. (Burnet) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that benefit from or require a chilling period. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate (though perhaps at a less than optimal percentage) if you start them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 6 weeks or so, then try the artificial chilling period. However you sow, it is not unusual for germination to be slow and irregular.

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A bit of back story to this one: Being a fan of both burnets and variegation, I was thrilled to acquire the cultivar ‘Dali Marble’ years ago. I’ve always been puzzled by it being attributed to Sanguisorba menziesii, though, because the flowers look different than those typical of that species (mostly smooth flowerheads, not fluffy). And, ‘Dali Marble’ always flowers here in fall, at 5 to 6 feet tall, when S. menziesii is usually described as flowering in May to July, at around 3 feet tall. As an experiment, I purchased a plant of S. menziesii from a reputable mail-order nursery. Once it had a chance to settle in and bloom, it flowered at the same time as ‘Dali Marble’ and had the same height and flower form. I’m still not convinced, though; I really believe that both plants are actually S. officinalis, not S. menziesii. Interestingly, I’ve run across listings for a variegated S. officinalis cultivar called ‘Shiro-fukurin’, which looks exactly like my supposed ‘Dali Marble’, and that seems to confirm my suspicion about the correct species ID. So…I’m 99 percent sure that the seeds I’m offering here are Sanguisorba officinalis, but I’m calling them Sanguisorba sp. for now. Full sun to light shade; soil that is on the moist side is best. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in early to mid November 2023. Each packet contains at least 12 seeds.

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