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Astrantia major

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

CareMasterwort 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.

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

ProblemsGray mold, mildew, slugs, and aphids.

  • Genus : Astrantia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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