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Sanguisorba canadensis L.
Canadian burnet, American burnet
Synonym(s): Sanguisorba canadensis ssp. latifolia, Sanguisorba canadensis var. latifolia, Sanguisorba sitchensis, Sanguisorba stipulata
USDA Symbol: SACA14
This plant bears dense, erect, cylindrical masses (spikes) of small, white flowers.
The conspicuous stamens give the finger-like flower clusters a fuzzy appearance. The flowers of the European species, European Great Burnet (S. officinalis), are red-brown; this accounts for the common name, from an old French word for brown. It and Garden Burnet (S. minor), with greenish flowers, were both introduced from Europe and naturalized in the East. The generic name is from the Latin sanguis (blood) and sorbere ( to drink up) and refers to the juice of the plant, which was reputed to stop bleeding.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: MB
, NS Native Distribution:
Labrador south to Newfoundland, New England, New Jersey, Delaware, and in mountains to Georgia; northwest to Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Wet
BenefitWarning: All species of elders that grow in North America are potentially poisonous if plant parts are ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of t
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Newark, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff