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Astrantia major

Astrantia major
Charming in white
This one came to us as seed from 'Ruby Wedding'
Astrantia major

Common name masterwort
Family apiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers various colors
Size 12" (24" in bloom)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
Seed ripensmid-August

We have several masterwort varieties in our gardens. The offspring of 'Hadspen Blood' have their own page here; others are the regular white-flowered variety, a few rose-colored varieties, and offspring of the 'Sunningdale Variegated' cultivar. The latter, in the picture on this page, are not quite as variegated as their mother, but have a bright cream-yellow-green coloring in early spring, which brightens up the spring borders as much as any flower.

Astrantia major
Up close inspection shows the intricate construction of the flower

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Ruby Wedding' from '04 garden. Baggy 65F (8w) - 35F (8w; 40%G in 8th week) - 70F (40%G, 2-5d)
  2. Seed for 'Ruby Wedding' from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (8w) - 35F (9w) - 70F (64%G, 3-16d)
  3. Seed for 'Ruby Wedding' from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (8w) - 35F (6w) - 70F (16%G, 6-16d). Cold stage may have been too short
  4. Seed for 'Ruby Wedding' from '09 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (9w; 18%G, 7-9w) - 70F (61%G, 2-8d)

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