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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.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: February to April
Time to divide plants: February to March
Flowering period: June to October
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