Astrantia major 'Alba'

Astrantia major 'Alba'

Masterwort

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Astrantia major 'Alba'
  • Common name: Masterwort
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 75cm

Spread: 50cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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