Inflorescence of Sanguisorba minor from the garden of the webmaster in Gresham, OR...........mid July 2001.
Small burnet is a small perennial occasionally used as a garden plant. The leaves are found on both the stems as well as part of a basal rosette. The stems range from simple to branched above and are erect or ascending. They range from 20-60 cm tall and each stem has several scarcely reduced leaves. Individual leaves are pinnately compound with 9-17 oval to ovate-oblong leaflets. Each leaflet is 1-2 cm long with coarse teeth along the leaf margin.
The inflorescence (as seen above) is globose or ovoid, ranging from 8-20 mm long and up to 10 mm thick. The tiny flowers are rose colored and have approximately 12 stamens.
Small burnet may be found in gardens and other disturbed areas around yards and gardens. It is also found in waste areas.
Small burnet is a native of Europe which has been introduced to North America. It is more common in the eastern United States where it has escaped cultivation. Near the west coast, small burnet may be found on Lummi Island (northwest of Bellingham, WA) and near Bingen, WA in the Columbia River Gorge.
In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 100'-400' between Beacon Rock and Bingen, WA.