Masterwort

Astrantia major 'Lars'

Masterwort - Astrantia major  'Lars'

Common Name: Masterwort
Genus: Astrantia
Species: major
Cultivar: 'Lars'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to October

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

Pinky-red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of reddish bracts appear from June to August above pretty deeply lobed dark green leaves. This astrantia spreads gently and is perfect for naturalising in areas of moist dappled shade. It works equally well in a woodland edge or in a mixed border. It will grow happily in sun to as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out.

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: Astrantias do not like dry soil. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially with 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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