Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:44
tOut having a look-see to see if anything budding or flowering on this dull day and was stood by an Astrantia major which is growing around a tall-ish rose. The smell was horrendous and I spent a good ten minutes separating surround foliage looking for a dead bird or some yeugh rotting thing which must have crawled in there. Couldn't find anything so I sniffed the Astrantia flowers. Blimey! It was bad. I've had Astrantias of various kinds for years and never experienced this before. A few days ago I was watching all the bees loving them and never noticed this smell.
Wasn't until I came back in the house and did a web search that I found one website which listed Astrantia info, height, growth, etc and it said 'Aroma: sickly fetid smell'.
Boy was I surprised. I'm going to have to move it as it really is a strong 'fetid' smell. I've since gone around the others but none of them smell at all. Just this one. You surely learn something every day! It puzzles me sometimes how truly lovely flowers can have what you can only describe as a 'stench'. I'll have to read up and see if there's a reason this plant produces this stench. Or better still - someone on this forum is bound to know a bit about this - would love to know, anyone.
Last edited: 22 June 2016 17:45:58