Masterwort

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'

Masterwort - Astrantia major subsp. involucrata  'Shaggy'

Common Name: Masterwort
Genus: Astrantia
Species: major subsp. involucrata
Cultivar: 'Shaggy'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

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

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering 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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