American Burnet - One of the last native flowers to bloom

Sanguisorba candensis - photo by Jan Johnsen

Do you have a slightly wet piece of ground? American Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis) is an under-appreciated native perennial plant that might work for you! It is a fall bloomer that is still sporting its spikes of white fuzzy flowers in mid-October. 

American Burnet by Stefan Bloodworth 

Also called Canadian Burnet, it is common in the Eastern US and it is a large, graceful plant that is native to swamps and bogs but has a high degree of drought tolerance. It begins to bloom in August and continues through the fall.  

It grows between 3 ft and 4 ft tall and is hardy from Zone 3 - 7. 

sanguisorba canadensis  by Thomas Muller

This plant is clump-forming and spreads through rhizomes. The abundant spikes of bottlebrush-like flowers attract bees and looks especially lovely on the edges of ponds and banks of streams.  It looks great next to other tall autumn performers such as Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.  

Helianthus Lemon Queen - photo by Kathy Diemer 

For a great post on other late fall bloomers go to A Garden For All - click here. 

And if you would like to  order Sanguisorba click here: Prairie Moon Nursery


  1. wow. nice I like the burnet candles. =) And the sunflowers look like they are all pushing at the gates to get to a rock concert or something.

  2. Would the Helianthus Lemon Queen bloom well in Florida? They are so lovely!


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