Astrantia have become hugely popular for planting in the damper, shadier parts of any garden design.
They are very decorative particularly for cutting or drying. In a vase they last for ages and when dried the papery bracts (petals) look just dandy - the unusual pink/white/green colours keeping well.
They grow easily in any soil, particularly clay, that does not dry out. Bees love them too. But the real reason to own one is that it was Perennial Plant of the Year 2005 in Sweden.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
White tinged green and pink
Humus rich, moist, well drained
Partial shade or sun