Astrantia major
Garden Plant Information

Astrantia major

 

Astrantia major flower

 

Name

Astrantia major (also called Masterwort)

Genus  

Astrantia

Species

major

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

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.

Season of interest

Flowers in summer.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - upright, slightly lax

  2. Stems - straight, slender, mid-green, ridged.

  3. Leaves - 3-5 deeply cut lobes, serrated, mid to dark green

  4. 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.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun to partial shade.

Soil

Humus rich, moisture retentive.

Hardiness

Hardy

Maintenance

Dislikes being disturbed but can be lifted and divided every two to three years in spring.

Propagation

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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Published: 15-11-2005

Updated:   15-11-2005