Salad Burnet

(Sanguisorba minor) Salad burnet is an attractive perennial herb, long enjoyed for the fresh flavor of its edible leaves. A member of the rose family, salad burnet flowers in early summer. The crimson, ball-shaped bloom clusters can be removed to encourage leafy growth, and the cut flowers are used in floral arrangements. It is delicious in salads, on sandwiches or infused in cold drinks. Try adding freshly chopped leaves to vinegar! Young leaves have the best flavor, so harvest often. Start inoors 6-8 weeks before last frost or direct sow seeds two weeks before last frost. Surface sow and cover very lightly as light aids germination. Keep soil moist until germination, about 7-14 days. Space plants 8-12 inches apart. Plants prefer a bit of shade during the hottest weather and thrive in containers.

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