To help you choose between the many different forms of this lovely plant, I’ve put them all together on one page for you to see. If you see a variety here that doesn’t appear in the catalogue, then please give us a ring and we’ll tell you if it is the production cycle.
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- Astrantia major ssp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ (‘Margery Fish’). A very particular variety notable for having flowers that are both large and pure white, tinted green on the edge of each ray floret. The display created is both striking and long lasting. Easily grown in sun or semi shade, height 60cm
A pure white, green-tipped, large flowered astrantia from the ‘Star’ breeding program. We have examined this closely this year and it looks for all the world exactly like ‘Shaggy’, the excellent old variety selected by Margery Fish. It is a fine plant but were as yet unsure why it merits its own name and PBR status.
Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’. Pretty yellow variegated leaf form of Masterwort originating in 1966. Leaves form a dense mound which is a delight in the Spring garden. Each leaf is generously margined with a yellow border which whitens first with age and then turns green later in the summer so that the plant appears non variegated. Collared flowers, which dry excellently, are white tinted green with a slight hint of pink. One of the tallest of the Astrantia major cultivars at 75cm Happy in sun or part shade with some drainage.
Beautiful perennial with attractive collared flowers which dry excellently. This is a particularly floriferous and strong growing variety with classic colouring. Each flower of Astrantia ‘Buckland’ is relatively flat with bracts that are white, tinged green at the tip, and age pink. The central boss is generous, pink with a dark pink stain at the centre. 75cm Happy in sun or part shade with some drainage
These are just odd seedling forms of this lovely perennial. They tend to be pale in the collar with a pink central boss, no less lovely than their named cousins, just without the pedigree. They are ideal for growing in a cool shady spot where they will quickly fill out and seed themselves around.
- Astrantia major ‘Lola’. A rich pink form of masterwort with flowers that are fairly flat and open. The central pincushion is a tight cluster of tiny pink-maroon true flowers, backed by a darker collar of bracts. An interesting & beautiful plant Happy in sun or part shade with some drainage
- Astrantia maxima ‘Rosea’. Quite distinctive from the forms of Astrantia major comes this wonderful species. The large triangular bracts are held pretty much flat and are a rich sugary pink. The true flowers from a large dense pin cushion centre. The leaves are fresher green than most and split into 3 lobes. Different in having a spreading habit. Happy in sun or part shade with some drainage. From the Caucasus across to Iran