Sanguisorba menziessi (Alaskan Burnet) seeds
A lovely hardy perennial with mounds of feathery, grey green leaves and wiry stems topped with fluffy flowerheads in a vivid shade of dark red from July to September. Looks great planted with flowing grasses and is a lovely addition to flower arrangements. both fresh and dried. Adds interest to the autumn and winter garden as the seedheads persist on the plant for months after they have dried out.
Flowers: June to September
Height: 60-90cm, Spread: 30-60cm
Position: Sun or semi shade
Packet of 20 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of year except mid summer as too much heat can cause the seedlings to become leggy and weak.
Sow on the surface of a moist, free-draining seed compost but do not cover the seed. Propagate at 10 to 15C, either indoors or outside, covering the container with a clear lid/bag to prevent the compost drying out too quickly. Germination should begin to take place in 30 to 60 days. As soon as some of the seedlings begin to emerge, increase ventilation by opening the cover/bag. Keep the compost moist but take care not to over-water. If after 60 days, the seeds have not germinated, they may benefit from a cold spell of 2-5C for 2-4 weeks.
Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on, shaded lightly from direct sunlight and when large enough to handle, pot up individually into 8 or 9cm pots. When large enough, plant out into well-drained soil in a sunny position.