As an herb, salad burnet offers a clean, cucumber-like flavor. It's an easy growing plant that appears early in the season and holds up well in heat.
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- Leaves: Rounded, with toothed edges. 4 - 12 pairs of leaves per leaflet.
- Flowers: Small, dense, purple flowers form on spikes
Common Name:Burnet, Salad Burnet, Small Burnet, Garden Burnet
Bloom Period/Days to Harvest70 - 100 days to maturity. However, young, tender leaves have the best flavor. You can start harvesting when they reach about 4" tall. The plants can bloom any time from spring to fall, and may not flower at all, if you keep cutting them back.
Harvesting Salad Burnet:
Using Salad Burnet:
Planting: You can start seeds indoors, about 4 weeks before your last frost date, but seed does well when direct seeded in the garden, 2 weeks before the last frost. Cover lightly, with 1/8" soil and keep moist, until it germinates.
Transplant indoors seedlings, after all danger of frost. You can thin direct sown plants to 1 foot apart, using the thinnings in salads.
First year plants will grow to about 8 - 10" tall. Subsequent years will produce larger plants that flower.
Salad burnet can also be divided, in spring or fall, to make new plants.
MaintenancePinching and using your salad burnet are the main maintenance chores. Plants left to mature will have tougher, somewhat leaves.
Regular water, at least 1" per week, will help keep the plants cool and productive, into the summer.
Removing the flowers and flower stalks will encourage more leaves and will cut down on self-seeding.
Containers and Inter-PlantingSalad burnet is a nice choice for containers and for planting between other plants. Since it is hardy to USDA Zone 4, it should over winter in containers down to USDA Zone 6. With protection, it may survive colder climates.
Delicate salad burnet works better as an edger, than in the border. Be sure to keep the self-seeders in check.
Pests & Problems:Few problems plague salad burnet. It can be prone to leaf spot disease, in wet or damp weather. Provide good air circulation and remove affected leaves.
Sources, outside of my garden: