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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

Herbs Herbs
Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season



Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Edible
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun 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.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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