Astrantia maxima

Greater masterwort

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.

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Apiaceae

Hardy perennial

H7

60cm 

30cm 

Fresh green 

Dusky pink 

Humus rich, moist, well drained 

Partial shade or sun

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