Sanguisorba officinalis

‘Red Thunder’


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Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’ –

A great favourite of celebrity designer Piet Oudolf; Deep red drumstick bobbles on strong, dark red stems. Bobbles are much larger and darker than most Sanguisorbas, and it is strongly self-supporting. Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’ Blooms earlier than most, so if you combine ‘Arnhem’ and ‘Red Thunder’ – the show is even longer and more spectacular.

Dainty fine foliage

Small leaflets make particularly fine and dainty foliage for such a very tall plant. So allowing the lacy “see through” look of Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’.

Superb cut flowers

You can cut armloads of the frothy, airy stems, and the raspberry cones will last for ages in a vase.

Hardy & easy to grow

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’ grows from a thick rhizome type root base, giving it the toughness to withstand set-backs and overcome difficulties.

Growing Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Great Burnet’:

Height with flowers: Upright strong stems to a minimum of approx. 90cm. A plant to really impress. 
Width: A graceful clump in an arching fountain shape from a narrower base averaging around 60cm.
Position: Full Sun to Part Shade / Dappled Sun is all agreeable to unfussy Sanguisorba officinalis. Some afternoon shade could be appreciated in very hot areas.
Suitable for seaside gardens.

Hardy & easy to grow

Soil: Sanguisorba officinalis is not at all fussy, and so will cope in all different soils, from sandy to clay and all between. Happily for gardeners with heavy and clay soils which can become quite wet in winter, it even thrives here.
Sanguisorba is not a hungry plant, so average garden soil is perfectly adequate, and heavy fertilizing should not be given.
It is unphased by soils on either the acid or alkaline (lime) side of neutral, and is particularly forgiving of soils with a high lime content. 
Frost: Extremely frost hardy, so it is capable of withstanding frosts to well below -15C. 

Low maintenance

Care: Easy growing, low maintenance plant. Therefore the only real annual work is to cut the spent foliage clump back at the end of autumn to tidy up (or you can leave it to early spring if you wish).
In addition for the low maintenance gardener, Sanguisorba officinalis is usually untroubled by any pests and diseases.

Other benefits

Growth: Hardy perennial clump.
Beneficial for wildlife: The clouds of hundreds of flowers are very attractive to bees, butterflies and moths. They are always buzzing busy gathering nectar.
Fragrance: Sadly none – but it has no other sins.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Fortunately it is not particularly appealing to rabbits or deer.

Tasty kitchen herb

Origin: Sanguisorba officinalis in its various forms occurs right across the northern hemisphere, including Asia, Europe, and North America. So indicating just what a hardy and adaptable plant Sanguisorba officinalis is.
Edible kitchen uses: Sanguisorba officinalis has a long history of herbal and culinary use in Europe. 
Where the young fresh leaves, with their cucumber-like flavour.
However herbalists usually warn against consuming Sanguisorba during pregnancy.


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