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Sanguisorba and Acaena ground covers

Posted by hemnancy z8 PNW (My Page) on
Tue, May 1, 07 at 17:00

Has anyone tried these ground covers? I'm growing Acaena inermis, which has lovely purple leaves and so far has not made burrs, and Acaena novae-zelandiae which has blue-green leaves and has made burrs. They spread well and stay low, so I'm finding them to be a good gc under roses so far.

I saw a Sanguisorba ground cover at a fair, maybe officinalis, which was supposed to stay 12" tall and wonder if I would like it as well. It is probably very invasive as I have S. minor and it self-sows everywhere. Has anyone tried officinalis under shrubs?

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Here is a photo of my Acaena saccaticulpula Blue Haze. I was wrong about the name in my first post. Anyway, it is growing well but not keeping out weeds as well as I might like, sweet yellow clover, willow herb, and grass are coming up in that bed.

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I'm getting seeds for a couple of Sanguisorbas from JL Hudson but not the low-growing one I want to use but passed up because of the price at a fair. Perhaps I'll find one again. Does anyone know a source for seed for one that gets 12" tall? I will have seed for Sanguisorba minor, the one I grow, when it ripens.

--Sanguisorba officinalis.
'GREAT BURNET'. Dark purple flowers in 1" spikes. Pinnate leaves. An elegant perennial to 5 feet. Eurasia. Sow in March, thin to 9" apart. The leaves are eaten in salads. Medicinal. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, and is improved by 4 weeks cold.
--Sanguisorba tenuifolia.
Pink flowers in dense cylindrical 2 - 3" nodding spikes from July to October, in clusters held above the large basal pinnate leaves. Hardy perennial to 4 feet. Wet meadows and streambanks of NE Asia. Hardy to Zone 4. Good cut flower. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.

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