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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    This perennial herb is primarily grown for its flavorful leaves, which are used in salads, soups, and cold drinks. Its flavor is reminiscent of cucumbers, and it may be substituted for mint in many recipes.

    Latin Name

    Sanguisorba minor



    Also Known As

    Garden Burnet

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    July - July




    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 2'


  • Edible
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


  • Deer

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, Asia, Canary Islands


    Thomas Jefferson planted salad burnet in his gardens many times, beginning in 1778.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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