Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet)
Sanguiusorba minor is better known perhaps as Salad Burnet, traditionally used to flavour salads, and as a general cooking flavouring. When crushed it's toothed leaflets give off a distinct cucumber aroma. Elegant clumps of mid green foliage can get to 1m high if left undisturbed and spread to half a metre or so. The unusual knobbly clusters of pink crimson flowers are absolutely adored by all sorts of insects, making this a great plant for a wildlife garden, naturalising in a meadow, or just as a foil for other showier perennials in a mixed border. Perfectly hardy it is happy in most soils and most conditions, provided it is neither too wet or dry. Generally untroubled by pests or diseases.