Sanguisorba minor subsp. minor

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeSanguisorbaSanguisorba minor subsp. minor


A perennial herb, almost confined to dry, infertile grassland on chalk and limestone, but also occurring on boulder-clay. It is often abundant on downland, but also grows in rock crevices, scree, quarries and on roadside banks. It is occasionally recorded with ericaceous shrubs on leached downland summits and on heathland, but only where rooted into basic horizons below. 0?500 m (N.W. Yorks.).



World Distribution

S. minor has a Eurosiberian Southern-temperate distribution; subsp. minor occurs in temperate Europe and is replaced by other taxa further south and east.

Atlas Change Index: -0.16

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.