According to Smith’s Exotic Botany of 1805, “The more refined admirers of Nature” rate Astrantia among their favorite blossoms. The flowers resemble tiny enchanting fireworks: a starburst of bracts surround the spray of small blooms and splashy groups of buds shoot out from branched stems like the finale on the 4th of July. If a natural look is what you’re after, plant Masterworts near a lightly shaded patio or path where you can enjoy their detail. This is an ideal cut flower, fresh or dried.
AVAILABLE MID-MAY 2021
Among the reddest of all Astrantias, this plushly hued Masterwort originated in Mrs. Phyllis Barwood’s Oxfordshire garden and pays tribute to her 40th or ‘ruby’ anniversary. Glamorous, corsage-like ruby-red flowers are brightened by alabaster-hued bases above parsleyesque rich green leaves that garb steadfast maroon stems with apple-green highlights. Equally at ease in a contemporary garden or a more relaxed setting, ‘Ruby Wedding’ can be added to cottage gardens, formal mixed borders and even cut arrangements.
Blooms mid June–September
Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Astrantia ‘Burgundy Manor’
- Astrantia major ‘Buckland’
- Astrantia major ‘Canneman’
- Astrantia major ‘Claret’
- Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’
- Astrantia major ‘Lars’
- Astrantia major ‘Madeleine Van Bennekom’
- Astrantia major ‘Midnight Owl’
- Astrantia major ‘Pink Pride’
- Astrantia major ‘Roma’
- Astrantia major ssp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’
- Astrantia major ‘Snow Star’
- Astrantia major ‘White Giant’
- Astrantia major ‘Moulin Rouge’