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Great Burnet

Sanguisorba officinalis


Soe 1m to 1,20m tall plant in family Rosaceae, with burnt-like compact and dense dark-red flowers.


The Grand Burnet is common European plant and occurs in grasslands. Here, seen in peat-bogs of a small valley in Jura mountain Range, around the lake Lamoura - the highest altitude lake in Jura Mountain range, at 1156m. The valley is surrounded by a coniferous forest, and the majority of it is occupied by grassland, while some of the lake shores are peat-bogs. The site of Lamoura Lake has been designated as a Natura 2000 area, in order to protect this fragile peat-bog ecosystem.


I haven't personally tried these ones, but leaves are said to be edible, and can be consumed in salad - though they are not really tender and lack. Leaves are also used as herbal tea for better digestion; while roots are used to stop bloody dysentery, nosebleeds. Root can also be used locally as a poultice, to treat burns and insect bites. There are also some uses of this plant in traditional Chinese medicine.

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