Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officialis) HP/BN
I first remember seeing this plant in a meadow just outside Chapel-en-le-Frith and immediately wanting to know what it was. It is quite tall, growing to 3ft in flower and the blooms are a bold magenta-purple colour which have a real 'wow' punch especially when seen in some numbers. A trendy plant just growing in the wild! Is now popular with designers in RHS gardens. It is also known as Drumsticks, Red Knobs and Redheads. The leaves are attractive being ferny-like in shape. Flowers June to September and prefers a moist fertile soil in sun. Commonly found in northern and central England and central Wales in wet meadows, fens and damp roadsides up to around 460m above sea level. The roots have a high tannin content and were used in leather tanning. The generic name comes from 'sanguis' (blood) and 'sorbere' (to absorb), referring to the plant's ability to reduce bleeding. Used in homeopathy for treating varicose veins and irregular periods.