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Astrantia, great masterwort - unique umbels of starry flowers

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As I stroll through my perennial garden, I am really looking forward to the upcoming Astrantia flowers. The beauty of the single flower can hardly be described. Summed up in an umbel, the flowers look like nostalgic Biedermeier bouquets with their neat cuffs.

The flowers are very stable and keep their long shape and colour quite long. The pure species, Astrantia major, with its whitish pink flowers is the most well-known and most valuable species for the garden. It is a beautiful perennial that thrives without difficulty in any good garden soil, in partially shaded to shady and not too dry locations. It looks especially beautiful in natural areas and between or in front of trees.

It reseeds itself at promising sites. In my garden, Astrantia is the ideal partner for rhododendrons and azaleas and it revives the green backdrop with its whitish pink flowers.

Astrantia – an ideal cut flower

Florists love to use Astrantia in cheerful, colourful summer bouquets. As well as in the garden, they are also a coveted companion and “filler” in floristry; they have a very long shelf life and are very unique even when dried.
It is strictly forbidden for our florists to cut our sales perennials – and so they demanded an extra Astrantia bed that is all their own, which they can use for floral arrangements, providing weeks of joy and a rich harvest!

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Picture: Astrantia – great masterwort

The pure form 'Astrantia major' lingers in the background. Whitish pink is the colour of its flowers. Recent breeds have produced varieties with more intense colours and larger flowers. The red varieties such as 'Moulin Rouge' or 'Star of Beauty' are very popular among our customers; however I personally prefer the lighter varieties in partial shade because they just stand out more.

My favourite is the variety 'Roma' – with its quite large, intense, dusky pink flowers. The silvery white varieties such as Astrantia 'Star of Billion' are also very pretty, as the petals are arranged in a wreath-like manner with green tips.

Double joy with Astrantia

Astrantia’s main flowering period extends from June to August. Cut the perennials one hand's width above the ground after the first flowers have faded, then fresh, shiny leaves will appear and the plant will bloom a second time in autumn.

 

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