Previously known as Sanguisorba verrucosum. The Latin word ‘verrucosum’ refers to the warty look of the seed head.
The flowers have egg-shaped or round heads, female and male parts on the same flowerhead. This is divided into many compartments, female flowers in the upper part with noticeable reddish styles, male flowers below with numerous stamens and cream-coloured anthersupper fertile part of the stamen containing the pollen. There are no petals, sepals are bright green.
Pinnate row of leaflets on either side of the stem. Basal rosette, pinnate with round-elliptical, evenly serrated leaflets on either side of the stem, 3-12 pairs.
Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruit, protected by receptacle.
Leaves have a flavour of cucumber.