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Astrantia major 'Alba'


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Astrantia major 'Alba'

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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 'Alba' bears branched heads of neat, white pincushion flowers, surrounded by a ruff of greenish white bracts. It's ideal for growing in containers and makes an excellent cut flower.

For best results grow Astrantia major 'Alba' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. 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

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: June to October

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