Astrantia major var. rosea


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Astrantia major var. rosea

Plant details

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 var. rosea bears extraordinary flowers that resemble papery pink pincushions on short stems above a mound of rounded, lobed leaves. 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.

Astrantia major var. rosea 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.

After flowering, astrantias can be rejuvenated by cutting them back close to the ground – fresh new foliage and a late crop of flowers are produced soon after. Astrantias don't spread far but they do self seed.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Astrantia

Species: major

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: September to May

Reader reviews


my astrantia is variegated,it looks really lovely after all this rain.


I have four varities of Astrantia, major, ruby wedding, un named and hapsen blood. Every year they put on a wonderful show but then their leaves start to develop black spots and then turn yellow and die. The hapsen blood is not as affected as the others. At the moment there is a space in the border where the foliage was but they have produced a second flush of flowers. Is there anything I can do to prevent this happening or will I just have to put up with it?

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