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Sanguisorba query

turmericturmeric Posts: 828

Hi all.  My neighbour asked me this morning if I thought her sanguisorba was dead.  I know nothing about sanguisorbas but it looked dead to me.  It looked like straw coloured twigs about 2ft high.  She doesn't know which one she's got.  From looking online I would presume you cut them back about now to encourage new growth from the base? But hers was quite woody and there wasn't any growth showing low downimage


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    I don't grow them, too dry, but there's nothing to see on a lot of hardy perennials at this time. Just last year's dead growth

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,690

    I have Sanguisorba albifolia, which is a small one. It dies down in the autumn and pops up again in the spring. It doesn't spread much for me so I just leave it alone. No bother at all.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    Hmmm.  Totally agree nut that there wouldn't be much to see at this time of year but the stems that were there were quite woody, not thin and brittle like a perennial might normally be.  Looked like a dead, thin, 2ft tall shrub.  I shall hope someone comes on that grows them perhaps, maybe this is completely normalimage

  • I chopped mine down the other week because the growth was already coming through at the base. Mine are mid season flowering types though and it is normal for the growth to appear now...

    Wearside, England.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    The stems of some of them are quite woody and persistent, but they are all true herbaceous perennials and so they do die down to resting buds in winter. Cut the dried stems back to the ground and look carefully at the base, ours are just beginning to break at ground level. Very slow though.

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823

    The shoots from ours are just coming through now.  Anybody know if they can be easily divided?

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    Many thanks to all, especially you Berghill, that's reassuring.  Happy Easter to everyoneimage

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