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How to Grow Burnet

Burnet is a little known perennial herb with leaves that have a fresh taste similar to cucumber.

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salad burnet is a perennial herb with fresh taste
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Purchase the Seeds

Burnet, sometimes called salad burnet, is a little known and underappreciated perennial herb. The leaves have a fresh taste similar to cucumber, and they can be tossed in salads, used as a seasoning, or brewed into a tea. Burnet is usually grown from seed sown directly in the garden.

Step 2: Prepare the Site

Burnet prefers a sunny spot in the garden, though in hot climates it can benefit from some afternoon shade. Work some compost and soil conditioner into the garden bed to create a rich, well-drained site.

burnet seeds can be sowed or transplanted

Step 3: Plant the Seeds

In early spring, plant three or four seeds 1/2" deep in clusters 12" apart. Cover with soil and water well. Maintain consistent moisture until seeds germinate. Thin to one plant every foot.

Step 4: Harvest Burnet

Burnet is a cut-and-come again plant. This means that leaves can be harvested as frequently as one wishes and the plant will continue to produce. If the leaves begin to taste bitter later in the season, just cut the plant back. The plant will grow fresh new stems and leaves.

burnet is used in salads or steeped for tea