• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Low, mounding foliage spreads to 24 in. with flower stems to 28 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Charming Cut Flowers
    Early to Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ast-ran-tee-a MAY-jor
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Low, mounding foliage spreads to 24 in. with flower stems to 28 in. tall.
    Special features:Fast Growing
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early to Late Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThe old fashioned casual looks of masterwort is exceptional in cottage and country gardens where it first got its start. An exceptional choice for partially shaded beds where it can spread and sprawl. Exploit its preferences for damp spots in and around tree groves. Blends very naturally into large stands of grasses in wild gardens. Long preferred for stream banks and rock strewn water features. This new cultivar was bred to produce in cutting gardens were its blooms resemble strawflowers.
    Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Cranesbill (Geranium); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Columbine (Aquilegia); Red Valerian (Centranthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers moist, well-drained, organically rich soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
  • History & Lore
    Astrantia falls into the Umbelliferae or parsley family with many famous herbs such as fennel and Queen Anne's lace that share flowers born on specific open structures known as umbels. The genus was named for the star like appearance of the white flowers. Only one species is cultivated to any extent, a native perennial wildflower of Europe. It is most specifically found in Switzerland and Austria at edges of woodlands and in alpine meadows. It reached England in 1597 and soon became a common cottage garden flower known as Hattie's pin-cushion or Melancholy Gentleman. This is a new richer colored cultivar developed for the cut flower industry.
    Masterwort is a medicinal plant dating back to the middle ages when it was recommended for "the bite of a rabid dog". Though not a contemporary remedy, it's camphor-like oil led to its suggested uses for a half dozen different ailments.