Astrantia- Masterwort

A little known perennial, which deserves more attention, as it is valuable and easy to grow.


Ideal in borders, since the muted hues and interesting shape of the little flowers fit well into innumerable colour schemes. Combination with, for instance, larkspurs or grey-leaved plants produces a fascinating effect. Masterwort likes some shade.


Will thrive not only in clay or loamy soil, but also in not too dry sandy soil if rich in humus.


Sow in early autumn, keep frost-free throughout the winter and leave in the seed-bed for another year. Division in the spring is another good method.

Astrantia major: Height 40-80 cm; flowering season early to mid summer; flowers white, pale red shading to purple red. This is the most popular species.

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