Sanguisorba tenuifolia v. alba is a delicate looking plant with unusual nodding, bottlebrush-like spikes of white fluffy flowers. The shape and quantity of the flowers make it stand out in the border at a time when few other plants are flowering. It looks delicate, but does not need staking.
The species Sanguisorba tenuifoliais is normally a pink colour, with the alba variety being white.S. tenuifolia v. alba has a number of common names including white Japanese burnet, white Oriental burnet and narrow leaf burnet. The word ‘burnet’ is used to describe any Sanguisorba.
It is similar to Sanguisorba canadensis, but the latter has white flowers that are not nodding.
The plant in the pictures was grown from seed obtained from the ORGS&HPS SeedEx. It seems quite happy in normal, dry garden soil, but probably would prefer a wetter condition. Most sources say it is not drought tolerant.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia v. alba
Life Cycle: perennial
Height: 100 cm (3.5ft)
Bloom Time: mid to late summer
Natural Range: Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia
Habitat: forest margins, meadows, grassy mountain slopes, damp places; 200-1700m
Synonyms: Sanguisorba parviflora
Cultivation Sanguisorba tenuifolia v. alba
Light: full sun
Soil: average garden soil
Water: moist to boggy conditions
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4– 9
Propagation: seed, division