This is the largest of the Astrantia and has been awarded an RHS AGM because it's such a lovely addition to the garden. However it will only thrive in heavy soils.
It is quite distinct from A. major and has a spreading habit so if you've got the patience it can be used as ground-cover.
It flowers profusely over a long period and will grow very well in damp, partial shade. The foliage is a bright fresh green whilst the large pink flowers are held aloft on stiff wiry stems. Beneath the flowers are the finely toothed pink bracts.
It's quite tall so a sheltered spot is advised.
Photo: © Jelitto
Humus rich, moist, well drained
Partial shade or sun