Astrantia major (also called Masterwort)
Herbaceous perennial grown for neat pin-cushion flowers which appear in summer. Useful as part of a cottage garden display. Can be cut fresh or dried for indoor decoration. Attractive to beetles and other insects.
Flowers in summer.
Habit - upright, slightly lax
Stems - straight, slender, mid-green, ridged.
Leaves - 3-5 deeply cut lobes, serrated, mid to dark green
Flowers - tiny white flowers with pink stems cluster, pin-like, above a circle of pointed bracts. The bracts are pale pinkish-white with green tips. A good flower for looking at very closely.
Full sun to partial shade.
Humus rich, moisture retentive.
Dislikes being disturbed but can be lifted and divided every two to three years in spring.
Sow seed as soon as it is ripe in late winter/early spring. Seeds need a period of cold in order to germinate. Will also self-seed.
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