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.
A temptress to pollinators and florists, the galaxy of luminous, domed umbels showcases white florets subtended by fancy ruffs with papery, green-tipped white bracts. Staunch upright stems yield orderly green leaves, which are palmately hewn into mostly, 5 toothed lobes beneath the long-lasting frosty display. Touting larger flowers than ‘Shaggy’, this stellar 2002 Aad Geerlings introduction can be ensconced amid Geranium ‘Birch Lilac’, Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’ and Salvia ‘Sweet Anja’.
Blooms mid June–September
Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 15" – 18" 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 ‘Ruby Wedding’
- Astrantia major ssp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’
- Astrantia major ‘White Giant’
- Astrantia major ‘Moulin Rouge’