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Sanguisorba alba

pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

Hi there,

I'm thinking of putting in some sanguisorba alba into one of my borders. Does anyone have experience of growing this? Is it very invasive?

Is there something similar that i can use instead..


  • I haven't grown this one, but have the not so very different S.Hakusanensis, which in 3 years has grown from a spndly plant into what I call a decent clump. Overall spread for Alba seems to be around 0.75 m, which is not excessive, and clumps can be divided to make more. Any unwanted stems would be easy to recognise, unless among other sanguisorbas!

    I intend to do this with mine as I love it - the leaves are attractive, the anticipation, the buds and then the flowers last for ages and then mine had a second flush which went on into the autumn. The 'catkins' even look attractive when they brown.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    do these need fairly moist soil? I think they're lovely but not sure how they'd do for me

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,226

    Think they do nut. It was something I thought of getting, so it probably is happiest in damper conditions. I think it likes a bit of sun too though.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    Thanks Fairy, I thought that was the case image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

    Mine will be on a west facing border, so gets some sunshine in the afternoon...and it can get quite wet there!.. 

    thanks for your replies!!

  • The taller ones apparently don't mind drier conditions. Mine is growing in one of my border terraces, so not particularly moist, but with our rainfall and clayey soil I never have to water anything!

  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    Mines, although not a white form (S. tenulifolium)  , do well in sun  in a border that is improved clay so do prefer some moisture.  Easily divided if the clump gets too big. Chop right back after flowering to encourage new foliage as they can look rather tatty come the end of the year   

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