'SANGUISORBA' available from Avondale Nursery

SANGUISORBA

If you’re looking for a plant with interesting foliage, a neat growth habit and unusual flowers, with names such as ‘Stand Up Comedian’, ‘Pink Tickler’ and ‘Martin’s Mulberry’, how about Sanguisorba! Flowers range from white, through shades of pink to rich maroon, are held above tidy mounds of foliage, and resemble tiny drumsticks, catkins or fluffy squirrel tails.

With heights varying from 30cm to 180cm, they are useful for both front and back of the border. They’re not fussy about soil type, and prefer a moist but well drained site in full sun or part shade. Cut back to the base in autumn, and propagate by division in spring.

Visitors can see our collection of Sanguisorba throughout the summer, and there will be a map to help you find particular varieties in the garden.

SANGUISORBA 'All Time High'

SANGUISORBA 'All Time High'

Tall, upright plant with white drooping flowers. Sanguisorbas are a wonderful addition to a sunny border. Easy to grow and maintain. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Autumn Bliss'

Dark red upright flowers on tall erect stems, August to frosts. These plants are not for sale this year.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Autumn Bliss'
SANGUISORBA 'Autumn Red'

SANGUISORBA 'Autumn Red'

Latest to flower, with deep red short fingers on erect fine stems from September-November. Sun.

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Beetlewings'

A shorter, new variety with carmine-red flowers July-August. Sanguisorbas are a wonderful addition to a sunny border. Easy to grow and maintain.

70cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Beetlewings'
SANGUISORBA 'Blacksmith's Burgundy'

SANGUISORBA 'Blacksmith's Burgundy'

Fat, deep burgundy burrs on a tall narrow plant. Plants not for sale this year.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Blackthorn'

Long, deep pink flowers August-November.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Blackthorn'
SANGUISORBA 'Burr Blanc'

SANGUISORBA 'Burr Blanc'

Masses of white bobble flowers emerge from green buds. Chance seedling from Marchant's Hardy Plants. Plants not for sale this year.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Candy Floss'

Our introduction this year! Strong grower, bolt upright, needs no staking. Bright candy-pink, broad fluffy flowers August-September, cleaner and fresher than other varieties, and repeat flowers!

NEW 1.50m £6.50

SANGUISORBA 'Candy Floss'
SANGUISORBA 'Cangshan Cranberry'

SANGUISORBA 'Cangshan Cranberry'

Rich burgundy flowers on thin reddish stems Aug-Oct.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'CCC'

Dark maroon bobbles on slender stems. Sun.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'CCC'
SANGUISORBA 'Chocolate Tip'

SANGUISORBA 'Chocolate Tip'

Reddish-brown burrs on stiff stems. Brown-flushed foliage.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Foxtail'

Pink bottlebrush flowers. Sun.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Foxtail'
SANGUISORBA 'Ivory Towers'

SANGUISORBA 'Ivory Towers'

Formerly S. sp. Witt ex Engeland. One of my all-time favourite Sanguisorbas, deserves a proper name! Early, long-flowering white bottlebrushes all through the plant. Stands up in a gale!

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'John Coke'

Very similar to S. 'Korean Snow' but shorter. Foliage to 90cm, long green to white drooping furry catkins, August-September. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'John Coke'
SANGUISORBA 'Joni'

SANGUISORBA 'Joni'

Maroon bobble flowers on tall stems. Much admired in our garden.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Little Angel'

Low-growing carpet of white-edged green leaves, purple flowers July-September. Sun.

35cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Little Angel'
SANGUISORBA 'Miss Elly'

SANGUISORBA 'Miss Elly'

From Coen Jansen, a seeding from S. 'Lum', but flowers later for us. Red flowers.

NEW 1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Pink Brushes'

Large rose-pink bottlebrush flowers.

1.40m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Pink Brushes'
SANGUISORBA 'Pink September'

SANGUISORBA 'Pink September'

Bigger and better flowers than 'Big Pink'. Lots of stems closely grouped. Stands well. New in 2013 from us.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Pink Tanna'

Light pink bobble flowers from June-August, above a clump of slender branching stems. Prefers moist soil in a sunny spot.

80cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Pink Tanna'
SANGUISORBA 'Prim and Proper'

SANGUISORBA 'Prim and Proper'

Our introduction this year, a chance seedling found in our garden. A tidy, compact plant, upright red drumstick flowers on straight stems. Great for front of a sunny border!

NEW 60cm £6.50

SANGUISORBA 'Purple Tails'

Purple buds open to fuzzy pink droopy catkins. Sun.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Purple Tails'
SANGUISORBA 'Raspberry Coulis'

SANGUISORBA 'Raspberry Coulis'

Our introduction! Warm maroon drumstick flowers over a long season on upright stems.Quite special - this definitely deserved a name.

1.00m £6.50

SANGUISORBA 'Raspberry Mivvi'

Named by Marina Christopher after the raspberry lolly we all remember! Watery-red flowers. Only a few for sale, difficult to propagate.

NEW 1.40m £6.50

SANGUISORBA 'Raspberry Mivvi'
SANGUISORBA 'Red Busby'

SANGUISORBA 'Red Busby'

A recent tall introduction, with airy upright branching stems topped with maroon burrs. A good name!

NEW 1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Rock and Roll'

Pink flowers on slender stems. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Rock and Roll'
SANGUISORBA 'Sangria'

SANGUISORBA 'Sangria'

One of the tallest Sanguisorba, this has maroon fingers on open branching stems July-August.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Scapino'

From Sarastro Nursery in Germany, this has deep red catkins on tall open stems, which move gently in the breeze, July-September.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'Scapino'
SANGUISORBA 'Tanna'

SANGUISORBA 'Tanna'

Deep ruby-red bobble flowerheads.

30cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'The Invisible'

This variety is very upright, and has white drooping flowers. Sun.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA 'The Invisible'
SANGUISORBA 'Thistleton Gem'

SANGUISORBA 'Thistleton Gem'

Foliage to 120cm, tall branching stems bear white to dark cerise catkins from July. Newly planted, no plants for sale yet.

1.60m £5.00

SANGUISORBA albiflora

Spikes of white bottlebrush flowers midsummer. Any soil in sun.

75cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA albiflora
SANGUISORBA applanata

SANGUISORBA applanata

Melianthus-like silver foliage, white flowers above, June-July.

40cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA armena

Long silver-grey serrated leaves, white bottlebrush flowers midsummer on long stems. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA armena
SANGUISORBA canadensis

SANGUISORBA canadensis

Tall red stems carry long white flowerheads from June.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA canadensis hybrid

Long straight white flowers on a shorter plant.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA canadensis hybrid
SANGUISORBA caucasica

SANGUISORBA caucasica

Delicate glaucous grey leaves, short white flowers June-August.These plants are not for sale this year.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA DJHC 535

Small maroon bobble flowers on tall narrow stems, grey-green foliage. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA DJHC 535
SANGUISORBA dodecandra

SANGUISORBA dodecandra

Drooping white flowerheads.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA hakusanensis

Bright pink fluffy flowers from July.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA hakusanensis
SANGUISORBA hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'

SANGUISORBA hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'

Blue-grey foliage to 20cm, long lilac to cerise-pink squirrel tails July-September. Everyone's favourite!

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA magnifica

Roundish grey-green leaves, makes a slow-growing clump. Cerise-pink to lighter pink fluffy bottlebrush flowers July-August on lax stems. Not available for sale this year.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA magnifica
SANGUISORBA menziesii

SANGUISORBA menziesii

Tassles of wine-red flowers, silver leaves.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Dali Marble'

Identical to S. officinalis 'Shiro-Fukurin' Cream-edged foliage to 75cm, early burgundy flowers June-September. Not a menziesii! These plants are not for sale this year.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Dali Marble'
SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Fathoms Deep'

SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Fathoms Deep'

Named by us last year, this has the deepest rich jade foliage, contrasting well with raspberry-red flowers from spring. One of the earliest-flowering Sanguisorbas. Plants not for sale this year.

45cm £6.50

SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Wake Up'

Longer and fluffier maroon to pink tassles than S. menziesii. Flat blue-grey foliage. Flowers June-September. Not available for sale this year.

45cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA menziesii 'Wake Up'
SANGUISORBA obtusa

SANGUISORBA obtusa

Soft pink bottlebrush flowers from August-September over blue-green foliage. Plants not for sale this year.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA obtusa 'Chatto'

A compact grower, forms a low mound of silver leaves and spikes of white bottlebrush flowers in summer.

45cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA obtusa 'Chatto'
SANGUISORBA obtusa good form

SANGUISORBA obtusa good form

Lovely silver leaves, and bright pink bottlebrush flowers June-August. Sun.

50cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA obtusa white-flowered

Large white bottlebrushes over blue-green foliage. Plants not for sale this year.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA obtusa white-flowered
SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Arnhem'

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Arnhem'

Masses of egg-shaped maroon flowerheads over a long period. Creates an airy effect at back of the border. These plants are not for sale this year.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Crimson Queen'

Dark red flowers July-September. Not available for sale this year.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Crimson Queen'
SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Lemon Splash'

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Lemon Splash'

Serrated foliage is spotted with lemon yellow. Maroon flowers August-November.

75cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Lum'

Dark red flowers early, May-June. Sun.

80cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Lum'
SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Martin's Mulberry'

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Martin's Mulberry'

An improvement on 'Arnhem' - more upright, with maroon flowers.

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Morning Select'

Wiry stems topped with dark red bobbles. Plants not for sale this year.

80cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Morning Select'
SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Red Buttons'

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Red Buttons'

Introduced by Dove Cottage Nursery. Selected for its compact habit and long flowering time. Plum-coloured thimble flowers.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Red Thunder'

Deep red flowers on wiry stems.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Red Thunder'
SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Shiro-fukurin'

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Shiro-fukurin'

Broad serrated leaves with a sparkling white edge. Burgundy flowers June-September. Plants not for sale this year.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Tall Tanna'

Similar to 'Tanna' but taller! Dark red bobbles in summer. Sun. Not available for sale this year.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis 'Tall Tanna'
SANGUISORBA officinalis CDC 292

SANGUISORBA officinalis CDC 292

Small round maroon balls August-September on upright stems. Foliage up to the flowers.

60cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis dark form

Very dark maroon burrs.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA officinalis dark form
SANGUISORBA officinalis PAB 874 'Tsetseguun'

SANGUISORBA officinalis PAB 874 'Tsetseguun'

Deep maroon upright drumsticks from July. Slow-growing.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA sp. Witt ex. Engeland

Large greyish-green pinnate leaves, white bottlebrush flowers. Now named by us as Sanguisorba 'Ivory Towers'.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA sp. Witt ex. Engeland
SANGUISORBA species ex. Japan

SANGUISORBA species ex. Japan

From Cally Gardens. Smallish white catkins. Clump forming and dainty!

45cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA stipulata

Catkins of dark maroon on light airy stems, over a long period. Plants not for sale this year.

90cm £5.00

SANGUISORBA stipulata
SANGUISORBA stipulata var. rishirensis

SANGUISORBA stipulata var. rishirensis

Chunky white drooping catkins June-July. Identical to S. armena. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.30m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenufolia var. alba 'Korean Snow'

Tall, erect plant with white flowers July-October.

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenufolia var. alba 'Korean Snow'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia

Tall stems bear long bottlebrushes of white, pink or purple. Plants not for sale this year.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Big Pink'

Smothered with bright pink drooping catkins in August and September.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Big Pink'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Bordeaux'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Bordeaux'

Deep wine-red lambstails on tall upright stems through summer. Sun.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Henk Gerritsen'

Small red burrs on thin stems.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Henk Gerritsen'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pieters'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pieters'

Masses of red bobble flowers on slender stems through summer. Sun.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant'

Good pink flowers.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pink Tickler'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Pink Tickler'

Named by Stephen Rogers of Dove Cottage Nursery. Lots of small drooping pink flowers. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Purpurea'

Later flowering, with pinkish-purple blooms.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Purpurea'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Stand Up Comedian'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Stand Up Comedian'

Upright tall stems with white bottlebrush flowers.

2.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Strawberry Frost'

Our introduction! Distinct, elegant foliage only to 60cm, then tall upright stems bear clean white catkin flowers dusted with strawberry-pink.

1.20m £7.50

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Strawberry Frost'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Sturdy Guard'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'Sturdy Guard'

Strong form with rich purple-red flowers June-July. These plants are not for sale this year.

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'White Elephant'

A selection from Blacksmith's Nursery. Flowers can start white before turning dark pink. Sun. Not available for sale this year.

1.20m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'White Elephant'
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'White Tanna'

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia 'White Tanna'

Masses of white, pendant catkins June-August. Sun.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia from Ernst Pagels

Grey-purple buds open to pinky-red flowers August-September. Sun.

1.50m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia from Ernst Pagels
SANGUISORBA tenuifolia var. alba

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia var. alba

Narrow white drooping bottlebrush flowers more like catkins!

1.80m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia var. parviflora

Similar to 'Alba' but with more attractive foliage.

1.00m £5.00

SANGUISORBA tenuifolia var. parviflora

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