Syn.: Sanguisorba auriculata Scop., Sanguisorba major Gilib., Sanguisorba angustifolia Opiz, Poterium officinale (L.) A. Gray
Family: Rosaceae Juss.

Sanguisorba officinalis

Sanguisorba officinalis

Distribution: North of Eurasia (to Kamchatka and Japan on the East) and Pacific side of Northern America.

Ecology: Grows in damp meadows and pastures, on banks of watercourse, from lowlands to mountains. Flowers from June to September.

Description: Perennial herb with thick rhizome and erect, branched stems, 30–120 cm high. The basal leaves are odd-pinnate, leaflets oblong-ovate, toothed, 1–6 cm long. The floral spike is oblong-ovoid, the flowers are very small. The fruit is an achene.

Use: The rhizomes and leaves are used medicinally.

Sanguisorba officinalisSanguisorba officinalis

These images were taken in Czechia, Brno-Bystrc, banks of the river Svratka (July 27, 2005).