Common Names: Sanguisorba, Great Burnet, Meadow Pimpernel, Burnet

Botanical names: Sanguisorba officinalis

Availability: Summer through Fall

Vase life: 7 to 10 days.

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small flowers arranged in dense, rounded clusters known as catkins or spikes, atop long stems. The flowers are composed of multiple tiny florets, each with a cup-like structure.

Color: Deep Red

Botanical facts: Found across temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Design notes: The dense, rounded flower spikes can add unique texture and vertical interest to floral arrangements. The tall, slender stems can add height and structure to arrangements, drawing the eye upward and creating a dynamic, layered look.

Purchasing hints: Purchase flowers with strong sturdy stems and clusters that are open and showing color.

Conditioning: Remove all of the foliage below the water line of the vase. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Young leaves can be used in salads; they have a slightly cucumber-like taste.