Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • American Burnet

    SCIENTIFI NAME: Sanguisorba canadensis

    COMMON NAMES: American Burnet, Canada Burnet, Marsh Lily, Sitka Burnet

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    BLOOM TIME: Aug, Sep, Oct

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie credit R. Kapala


    • Usually 2-5 ft. tall.
    • Upper stem has cylinder spikes with white flowers 2-in. long.
    • Has a soft “hairy” appearance.
    • Rare & endangered in Illinois.
    • Habitat: wet prairies & along railroad beds.
    • Would make an attractive landscape addition.
    • Flowers in late fall after most plants have bloomed.
    • Blooms for weeks.
    • Has a sweet gentle scent when smelled at the right time.


    • Flowers produce abundant pollen and possibly some nectar; they attract various bees (including honeybees). 
    • The leaves are somewhat bitter, which might deter herbivores from consuming them.