Clump perennial with ornamental leaves and dark red oval flowers. Native to a few cooler climate states of USA. Young leaves are edible and be used in salads or soups.
Seeds freely, so dead head if you want to prevent seedlings or use it in meadow-type of garden where it can naturalize.
May need staking in rich soils.
Blooming Time: May/June (late spring to early summer, depending on your zone)
Size: up to 30-36" tall x 24" wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 8
Culture: full sun, mostly sun, half shade (appreciates some afternoon shade in hotter climates). Average soils, moderately fertile to fertile. Adaptable. The best are the soils, that don't dry out easily, but this is tough plant, so it will tolerate some drought too. Does very well in heavier soils and clay.
Moisture Needs: average (medium) to drier (medium-dry)
Origin: Wild species of S. officinalis is native wildflower to cooler states of USA - Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, but also California, Oregon and Washington. Great Burnet is also native to Europe and Asia.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: moderatelly - deer can nibble on the leaves / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: yes/yes
Attracts Hummingbirds: no, but attracts small song birds
Pot Size: 3.5" wide x 4" deep pot
Plant Combinations: Excellent addition to flowering meadow, naturalistic gardens, cottage gardens, or even prairie planting, bigger rain gardens. Herb gardens, edible gardens.
Good companions Aster, Echinacea, Helianthus, Helenium, Iris, Lobelia, Monarda, Phlox, Physostegia, Rudbeckia, Solidago, Silphium, Tradescantia, Vernonia, Veronicastrum, etc. and taller ornamental grasses (Panicum, Sorgastrum)
Good cut flower.
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