Sanguisorba officinalis. Great burnet.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Hemicryptophyte. Herbaceous perennial. Little/no vegetative spread. 

Flowering period: 

June to August.


Well-drained pasture. Hay meadows. Railway embankments.  


Habitat loss and fragmentation through ploughing and re-seeding of old pastures. Lack of suitable grassland management leading to scrub encroachment. Loss of pastures to housing development.  

Static distribution map:
Sanguisorba officinalis
Sanguisorba officinalis
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage