Masterwort

Astrantia major

Photo/Illustration: 
Deana Tierney
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Masterwort (Astrantia major)
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Genus:  Astrantia

Masterwort produces many small, ivory flowers that are flushed pink and bloom continuously throughout the summer and fall, wafting a sweet scent. Like Queen Anne’s lace, each masterwort blossom is an umbel of tiny flowers, framed by a collar of papery bracts.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Masterwort is the perfect companion for astilbes, ferns, and hostas.

Care: 

Masterwort prefers part shade and rich, medium to wet soil. It grows best in soil that is not allowed to dry out and in areas with cooler summer nights.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in containers when ripe. Divide plants in spring.

Problems: 

Gray mold, mildew, slugs, and aphids.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Beneficial Bugs,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials