HARDY PERENNIALS: ASTRANTIA

A. maxima. The most colourful of this curiously interesting genus, prefers a soil which does not dry out and makes a fairly rapid spread. The slender stems to 3 feet, carry a loose head of flowers from June to August. A. car-niolica major has a tinge of both green and red in the otherwise whitish flowers, seen in the mass on 2 ½ feet, stems. A. carniolica rosea holds a deeper pink shade, but A. rubra is dark red, on stems only 18 inches high. The latter is slower to grow and needs good moist soils, but A. involucrata is very vigorous and free flowering, carrying a mass of somewhat shaggy whitish heads on 2 ½ -3 feet, stems, from June to September. Astrantias have a charm of their own and given reasonable soil are effective despite their lack of brilliance. All can be easily divided in spring or early autumn.

ASTRANTIA maxima

ASTRANTIA maxima

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