Masterwort

Astrantia major 'Large White'

Masterwort - Astrantia major  'Large White'

Common Name: Masterwort
Genus: Astrantia
Species: major
Cultivar: 'Large White'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Flower Colour: White
Flowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A white Astrantia with green tipped petals that form the same distinctive pincushions but on a slightly grander scale. These are particularly well suited to prairie style planting schemes as their flowers add a different form and texture to the ornamental grasses. Alternatively create large sweeping clumps throughout herbaceous borders where you can enjoy their long lasting summer flowers throughout summer.

  • Astrantias have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and have numerous common names such as melancholy gentleman, Hattie's pincushion and the more well known masterwort.

  • Garden care: Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially newly established plants. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7 cm mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don't like having their roots disturbed.

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