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Astrantia major 'Rubra'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

A beautiful variety of this easily-grown perennial with claret-tinted pincushion flowers in summer. It loves a damp soil and will often self seed throughout the border although its offspring may differ slightly in colour. When grown as a group it lush foliage makes good ground cover.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Astrantia

Species: major

Cultivar: Rubra

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: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

Reader reviews

Deena Connery

Its still February and I have just bought this 'in the green'. I have also bought this in plugs for April/May. I am putting this to the test, we have quiet a clay moisture retentive soil, and also very exposed possibly Zone 8 or even 9. I have read that the Astrantia is hardy and likes clay so I am waiting to see if it will like it and take here. Watch this space.

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