Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba (White Japanese Burnet) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because germination can be slow and irregular, requiring some patience. 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 at a less than optimal percentage, if you sow 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 described above.

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White Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba or Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Alba’) produces nodding heads of tiny white flowers in late summer atop 5- to 7-foot-tall stems over non-creeping clumps of ferny green leaves that turn yellow in fall. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Please be aware that I collected these seeds from open-pollinated plants in my garden, and I also grow other color variants of this species, including purple (purpurea) and pink (rosea, I assume). I have never had seed from a white-flowered plant produce purple flowers, but I do occasionally find pink-flowered variants among seedlings from my Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba seeds.

Harvested in early September 2023. Each packet contains at least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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1 review for Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba (White Japanese Burnet) [20 Seeds]

  1. elizabeth strianese (verified owner)

    Will wonders never cease! I’m a huge Sanguisorba tenuifolia fan, and snap it up whenever I see it at a garden center (at $25 or more per pop usually!). I decided to give starting these seeds a try and as per my usual “how can I take a shortcut?” mentality, I opted to start them under lights rather than with a chilling period. Behold, I grew so many Sanguisorba that I’ve given quite a few away to friends! One of the beauties of growing this plant is that the leaves are such a distinct “ladder” shape that you can set them out into the garden while they’re still rather young without fear of inadvertently plucking them out yourself during a feverish weeding session. You will not mistake these for weeds! They are recognizable and sturdy little plants. I’m excited to see them simultaneously towering and sulking in the border with their beautiful hunched shoulders and dangling fluffy tails.

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