Salad Burnet

Sanguisorba minor

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Salad Burnet is a low-growing herb of chalk and limestone grasslands which produces rounded, reddish flower heads from May to September. The leaves are famous for smelling of cucumber if crushed or walked upon, and this plant lives up to its name as a popular addition to salads and summer drinks.

How to identify

The leaves of Salad Burnet comprise up to 12 pairs of rounded, toothed leaflets, and form a rosette at the base of the flower stem. The rounded flower heads are reddish and speckled.

Where to find it

Mainly found in England.


When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Areas of rare and unique wildlife, chalk grasslands have been likened to rainforest for the diversity of species they hold. But they are being lost at an alarming rate due to changes in land use causing the decline of grazing: it's estimated that we've lost 80% of our chalk grassland over the last 60 years. The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland nature reserves for the benefit of the rare wildlife they hold. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from scrub-cutting to stockwatching.

Species information

Common name
Salad Burnet
Latin name
Sanguisorba minor
Height: up to 50cm
Conservation status