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Astrantia major


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (207416)

Plant details

A charming perennial which has branched heads of neat pincushion flowers surrounded by a ruff of greenish white bracts in summer. It does best in a moist soil and will make good ground cover if planted as a group. Self-sown seedlings often appear around the parent plant which can be transplanted to another part of the garden or given to friends. Cut off the old flower stems and foliage when the plant starts to die back in late autumn.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Astrantia

Species: major

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: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Time to divide plants: February to March

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