Masterwort

Astrantia 'Roma' (PBR)

Masterwort - Astrantia  'Roma' (PBR)

Common Name: Masterwort
Genus: Astrantia
Cultivar: 'Roma' (PBR)

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

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

Delicate papery soft pink flowers which are held on wiry stems above attractive deeply lobed mid-green leaves. This delightful masterwort is a vigorous variety with a much longer flowering period than most pink or red varieties. It looks particularly fetching planted with grasses and is garden designer Piet Oudolf's favourite masterwort.

  • 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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