Sanguisorba canadensis American burnet Rosaceae SACA; R, ok;

Sanguisorba canadensis.The Battery Conservancy.www.thebattery.org

Sanguisorba canadensis.The Battery Conservancy.www.thebattery.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Sanguisorba canadensis is a perennial herb to 1.5 m, from a stout rhizome, stem erect. 

Leaves alternate, pinnate to 50 cm long including leaf stalk, becoming smaller above, leaflets 7-15, to 8 cm long, oblong, elliptic to egg-shaped, tip blunt, base rounded, margin finely sharply toothed. 

Flowers white, 0.3 cm, 4 sepals only, no petals, in dense, cylindric spikes to 12 cm long, blooming and fruiting July-Sept. 

Fruit small, dry. 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Marshes, wet open areas.