Salad Burnet

©Philip Precey

Salad burnet

Enw gwyddonol: Sanguisorba minor
A low-growing herb of chalk and limestone grassland, Salad burnet lives up to its name - it is a popular addition to salads and smells of cucumber when crushed!

Species information

Ystadegau

Height: up to 50cm

Statws cadwraethol

Common.

Pryd i'w gweld

May to September

Ynghylch

Salad burnet is a low-growing herb of chalk and limestone grassland that produces rounded, reddish flower heads from May to September. Its leaves are famous for smelling of cucumber if crushed or walked upon, and this plant lives up to its name as a popular addition to salads and summer drinks.

Sut i'w hadnabod

The leaves of Salad burnet comprise up to 12 pairs of rounded, toothed leaflets, and form a rosette at the base of the flower stem. Its rounded flower heads are reddish and speckled.

Dosbarthiad

Mainly found in England.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

The rusty-coloured flower heads of Salad burnet made it a favourite among herbalists for helping to heal wounds.

Sut y gall bobl helpu

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways grasslands are kept in good condition. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.