Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

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.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

After consulting a Quebec field guide, I discovered that this is Sanguisorbe du Canada or what we call Canadian Burnet in English.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

The leaves are pinnate (divided) with 7 – 15 sharply toothed leaflets.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

The flowers are in dense spikes and have no petals.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

The plant is a late bloomer.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

The stems are 30 – 200 cm in height.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Canadian Burnet is common in eastern Quebec and in the Maritimes.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Though the flowering part looks like a Spruce cone, Canadian Burnet is actually a member of the Rose family.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Sanguisorba comes from the Latin names meaning blood and to soak up. These plants have the reputation of being able to soak up blood.

Canadian Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Miles Hearn

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