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A gently elegant beauty for the woodland garden

Great burnet forms soft clumps of gray-green compound leaves and has a tidy, fernlike appearance. In summer, slightly arching spikes emerge from the foliage and are covered with multitudes of tiny rosy-pink flowers at the top, resembling bottle brushes. Use this plant beside ponds and streams, in woodland gardens or as a ground cover. Japanese beetles may mar the foliage.  

Sanguisorba obtusa
Japanese burnet, great burnet, Japanese bottlebrus
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Type: Perennial

Mature Size:
2-3 feet

Shape:
mounded
  Flower Color:
pink
  Bloom Season:
May-June
July-August
September-October
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moist
  Zones:
4-9
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
ground cover
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