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Sanguisorba canadensis L.
Canadian burnet, American burnet
USDA Symbol: SACA14
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , CT , DC , DE , GA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WA , 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:
Swamps, bogs. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
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
From the National Organizations Directory
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- Newark, DE
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff