Pimpinella major – Greater Burnet-saxifrage
Greater burnet-saxifrage is a tall grassland perennial similar in appearance to Burnet-saxifrage but differing in the following features. As the name suggest it is a bigger plant growing to about 1m compared to about 70cm for Burnet-saxifrage. The stem is hollow and strongly grooved; in Burnet saxifrage it is almost solid and slightly grooved. The pinnate basal leaves end in a three lobed leaflet not three separate leaves. The flowering umbels, which are in bloom from July to September, can be white or pink.
|Type||Seeds per gram||Origin||Ordering|
|Grassland Perennial||410||Derbyshire||Order this species|
Greater burnet-saxifrage is a grassland perennial of chalk and limestone soils and occasionally on clays. It is a plant of taller, coarser vegetation than Burnet-saxifrage and is found on roadsides, hedge banks, woodland edges and similar locations.
In common with other Apiacae (carrot family) seed requires a period of chilling to break dormancy. It must therefore be sown in the autumn.