Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ (also called Masterwort)
Upright hardy perennial with pink flowers and lobed leaves. Can be dried for flower arranging or cut for fresh flowers. Attractive to beetles and insects.
Flowers in summer.
Upright, branching habit. H: 50cm, S: 30cm.
Stem is slender, round pale green tinged with pinky-red.
Leaves – mid green, deeply lobed.
Flowers – a shallow cup of pointed bracts holds a cluster of tiny pink 5-petalled flowers.
Full sun to partial shade.
Moist, humus rich.
Lift and divide clumps in spring; divided clumps may take a while to settle as they resent disturbance. Generally pest free, but may be affected by downy mildew in dry weather, so keep well watered in dry spells.
Sow seed as soon as it is ripe as it needs a chilling period (stratification) to germinate. Can be divided in spring but dislikes disturbance. Will also self seed.