While vacationing in the Rivière du Loup area along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, I kept noticing a very showy, shaggy looking plant along the sides of the road, near wet meadows, at the edges of fields and near old homesteads.
After consulting a Quebec field guide, I discovered that this is Sanguisorbe du Canada or what we call Canadian Burnet in English.
The leaves are pinnate (divided) with 7 – 15 sharply toothed leaflets.
The flowers are in dense spikes and have no petals.
The plant is a late bloomer.
The stems are 30 – 200 cm in height.
Canadian Burnet is common in eastern Quebec and in the Maritimes.
Though the flowering part looks like a Spruce cone, Canadian Burnet is actually a member of the Rose family.
Sanguisorba comes from the Latin names meaning blood and to soak up. These plants have the reputation of being able to soak up blood.