Astrantia major 'Star of Billion'
Common Name: Masterwort
Cultivar: 'Star of Billion'
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.90 m (90 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 0.45 m (45 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: White|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June to August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Wonderful white pincushion flowers with a collar of extra long green tipped petals on wiry branched stems above deeply divided dark green leaves. This astrantia is thought to have originated in Margery Fish's garden at East Lambrook in Somerset and christened there and then. It is one of the best pale varieties with large flowerheads and more deeply cut foliage. Like all astrantia it can cope with a range of soils from alkaline to heavy damp soil in dappled shade.
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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