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Astrantia major Roma

Masterwort

A vigorous variety with a long flowering period

A popular cottage garden perennial, that's a favourite with bees and butterflies too. Through the summer delicate, cushion-like rich pink flowers with a papery texture are held on wiry stems, high above clumps of finely textured deep green leaves. They make great cut flower too.

Where?

Best in a sunny or part shaded spot and they work well in mixed borders, blending beautifully with other perennials and ornamental grasses.

How?

Happy in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Water well after planting. Cut back in autumn once flowering has finished for the year.

Masterworts have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and are also known as Hattie's pincushion and melancholy gentleman.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering August - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 45 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 70 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September