Tuesday 10 July 2012

Astrantia 'Roma' (Masterwort)

Fully hardy, clump forming perennial with deep pink pin cushion flowers held on tall wiry stems emerging from a mound of mid green leaves.

Height: 75cm
Spread: 45cm
Flowers – June to September

Full sun or partial shade – fertile, moisture retentive soil. Incorporate lots of organic matter when planting.

Fast growing and long flowering.

Water well in dry weather, especially when newly planted.

Good for cut flowers.  Cut back flower stems as soon as they start to go brown to encourage second flush of flowers.

Attracts bees.

Excellent for that cottage garden look.

Looks good planted with ornamental grasses.

Lift and divide in early spring if needed. Can take a little time to establish, especially if just divided as they don't like having their roots disturbed.

This masterwort is a favourite of Garden designer Piet Oudolf.

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