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A Tiny Treasure That’s Perfect for Any Small Spot

Fine Gardening - Issue 190
Photo: Danielle Sherry

If you’re looking for the perfect front-of-the-border plant, look no further than ‘Little Angel’. This small rounded plant makes a tidy mound of green-and-white splashed foliage that sets the ideal backdrop for the burgundy thimble flowers in midsummer through fall. While many burnets tend to get out of control and messy over time, this perennial stays in check. You can’t help but want to pet it, because it looks like a tiny, variegated hedgehog. This variety, like most other burnets, is mostly pest and disease resistant. Given that and its adorable presence, there isn’t any reason not to plant it next year.

‘Little Angel’ dwarf burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis var. microcephala ‘Little Angel’)

Zones: 4–8

Size: 8 to 12 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native Range: Asia, Europe, North America


• Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh, NC; 919-772-4794; plantdelights.com

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