Sanguisorba minor* (Small burnet)

Fairly drought tolerant; full sunlight. Pink flowers bloom in the summer. Perennial, adapted to many sites throughout the Intermountain Region with 12 inches or more of precipitation per year. Valuable food for wildlife in late winter and early spring.

area of adaptation

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Family: Rosaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Introduced

Growth Form: Multiple stem

Mature Height: 15 in.

Bloom Color: Red 

Bloom Period: Early spring

Annual Precipitation: 12-25 in.

Drought Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate


Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: Yes

Fire Tolerance: High

Nitrogen Fixation: None


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.0-8.0


Seeds per Pound: 48,700

Seeding Rate: 20 PLS lbs/acre 

Season: Late fall/Early spring

Days to Germination:


Delar - Hardy, evergreen perennial forb with a strong tap root. More drought tolerant than unimproved strains, surviving on sites with only 12 inches of annual precipitation. Winterhardy as well. (Released 1981, source of ecotype: Spain)