Friday, August 22, 2014

What is this?

Spotted in a public garden in Burlington, Vermont in mid-August.

The location was bad for photos but I got "blooms" and foliage. Any ideas?

UPDATE: Thanks to Emily and Donna for the quick identifications. This is Sanguisorba tenuifolia purpura, also known as Japanese Purple Burnet. When I hit the Google this morning the "common" names seemed to vary between websites. If you like this plant, or want to know more, better stick with the Latin.


  1. My guess is Sanguisorba, but I'm not sure which species.

  2. How right you are about Latin names. I have burnet (Sanguisorba minor) growing on my deck and it's a tiny little salad green.