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Astrantia major var. rosea (Great Masterwort)

Astrantia major var. rosea, Pink Masterwort, Pink Great Masterwort, Astrantia Rosea, summer perennial, pink flowers

Astrantia major var. rosea (Great Masterwort) is a clump-forming perennial boasting exquisite clusters of tiny pink flowers crowded together in a dome-shaped flowerhead, just like pins on a cushion. They are surrounded by an elegant ruff of magenta papery bracts. The delicate blooms are borne on upright stems, well above the rosette of deeply divided, coarsely-toothed dark green leaves.

  • Blooms for weeks from late spring to early summer, and sporadically throughout the summer where conditions are to its liking.
  • Spreading slowly from the rootstock, this Astrantia has a neat habit and grows up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 16 in. wide (40 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in rich, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Soils need to be kept consistently moist. Best performance occurs in cool summer climates as Astrantias do not like very hot, humid, or dry conditions.
  • A vital ingredient of herbaceous borders, cottage gardens, and woodlands. Great weavers, Astrantias mix well with other plants and associate beautifully with Ornamental Grasses, Sedums, and many other perennials. Plant them in drifts or at the border front of mixed borders where their attractive blooms can be appreciated. This plant is also valued for the excellent quality of its cut flowers, whether in bouquets or dried floral arrangements.
  • Easy to grow, deer-resistant, disease and pest-free, wet soil tolerant, Astrantia is a perennial plant that is rich in many qualities aside from its good looks!
  • Easily grown from seeds sown fresh. Deadheading will prolong flowering and prevent self-seeding. Astrantias do spread a little but can easily be held back. Dividing clumps help maintain vigor.
  • Propagate by division in spring.

 

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Apiaceae
Genus Astrantia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Astrantia Major 'Abbey Road', Masterwort 'Abbey Road', Great Masterwort 'Abbey Road', Astrantia 'Abbey Road', summer perennial, pink flowers
Astrantia Major 'Star of Beauty', Masterwort 'Star of Beauty', Great Masterwort 'Star of Beauty', Melancoly Gentleman 'Star of Beauty', Hattie's Pincushion 'Star of Beauty', Astrantia 'Star of Beauty', Purple Flowers, Red Flowers
Astrantia Major 'Alba', Masterwort 'Alba', Great Masterwort 'Alba', Melancoly Gentleman 'Alba', Hattie's Pincushion 'Alba', Astrantia 'Alba', White Flowers
Astrantia Major 'Penny's Pink', Masterwort 'Penny's Pink', Great Masterwort 'Penny's Pink', Melancoly Gentleman 'Penny's Pink', Hattie's Pincushion 'Penny's Pink', summer perennial, pink flowers
Astrantia Major 'Gill Richardson', Masterwort 'Gill Richardson', Great Masterwort 'Gill Richardson', Melancoly Gentleman 'Gill Richardson', Hattie's Pincushion 'Gill Richardson', Astrantia 'Gill Richardson', Astrantia major Gill Richardson Group, summer perennial, pink flowers
Astrantia Major 'Ruby Cloud', Masterwort 'Ruby Cloud', Great Masterwort 'Ruby Cloud', Melancoly Gentleman 'Ruby Cloud', Hattie's Pincushion 'Ruby Cloud', Astrantia 'Ruby Cloud', Red Flowers

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Cenolophium Denudatum, Baltic Parsley. White Flowers, perennial plants, long-lasting flowers, drought tolerant perennials
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Apiaceae
Genus Astrantia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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