Astrantia major 'Claret'


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Hardy perennial

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Astrantia major 'Claret'

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Astrantias are superb perennials for growing under trees, on a stream bank or in a moist border. They prefer moist soils but will tolerate drier conditions as long as the plants are mulched. Astrantia major 'Claret' bears fresh green leaves followed by large, deep red pincushion flowers on wiry stems. It forms a decent clump, spreading by underground runners and, after flowering, can be cut right back to produce a second flush of foliage and flowers.

Like other astrantias, Astrantia major 'Claret' thrives in rich soil in partial shade, even in moist ground. It's the perfect choice for cottage gardens but also works well in more contemporary planting schemes.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Astrantia

Species: major

Cultivar: Claret

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: June to August

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