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Abbey Road Masterwort

Astrantia major 'Abbey Road' PP #14,961

A dome of tiny florets with a collar form unusual deep reddish purple flowers on black stems. Basal, divided foliage spreads by underground runners to form a dense clump. Ideal in the perennial border, along streams or naturalized under trees. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Keep soil consistently moist.


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Botanical Pronunciationas-TRAN-tee-uh MAY-jor
LoreMasterwort 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.
Average Size at MaturityLow, mounding foliage spreads to 24 in. with flower stems to 28 in. tall.
Bloom TimeEarly to Late Summer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Groundcover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureFast Growing
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist.
Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Cranesbill (Geranium); Foam Flower (Tiarella); Columbine (Aquilegia); Red Valerian (Centranthus)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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