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Poterium sanguisorba  L.
Garden burnet
Poterium sanguisorba is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
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Genus: Poterium
Family: Rosaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in non wetlands

Communities: escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFSanguisorba minor ssp. muricata
Information about  Poterium sanguisorba from other sources

[swcoloradowildflowers.com] Euro-Asia native, Description, Etymology: Poterium sanguisorba was introduced to the northern hemisphere from Euro-Asia for erosion control. Fortunately its slow growth rate has kept it from becoming a nuisance species in the United States. Poterium sanguisorba is a perennial, growing to over 2 feet tall with basal leaves 2-8 inches long and stem leaves reduced in size. One is certainly first attracted to Poterium sanguisorba by its ball-head spike of strange flowers - attractively red filamentary. Male and female floral parts are separate, with the lower flowers usually staminate and the upper flowers usually pistillate but sometimes perfect. The flowers have 4 broad, petal-like sepals; true petals are absent. In 1753 Linnaeus named the Poterium genus and he named this species Poterium sanguisorba. Scopoli renamed the species Sanguisorba minor in 1772. "Poterium" is Greek for "drinking cup"; "sanguisorba" is Latin for "absorbs blood" (from bygone notions about the medicinal value of this plant); and "muricatum" is Latin for "pointed". (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/24/2024).