Astrantia, commonly known as Masterwort is a beautiful, shade loving perennial that adds colour and uniqueness to every garden, especially so when you consider it makes for a beautiful & long lasting cut flower.
Masterwort can easily be grown from seed. Make sure you seed them in the fall as they need cold in order to germinate. Once you have a mature clump you can easily divide by carefully digging up the plant, split it into two and replant the halves.
Masterwort prefers to be planted in partial to full shade with moist organic soil, perfect for a woodland garden! It reaches up to 2 ft tall and can be grown in climate zones 4 & up. Fertilize it once or twice a year and water regularly to avoid drought.
Astrantia Major Alba is the white variety (pictured here) but it is also available in shades of pink & a stunning deep red. The leaves are similar to those of carrots, considering they are in the same family this isn’t surprising. The blooms are unique and resemble pincushions with many “pins” surrounded by delicate, slim petals. The flower heads are small, only abut 1″ across, they are excellent for cutting and use in small delicate designs of mixed flowers, they have a vase life of 5 to 10 days when properly cared for. They also are suitable for drying.
I think these are unusual, beautiful flowers that should be found in more gardens! Easy to grow, pretty to look at and versatile, they are a flower/plant for everyone!
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