PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' AGM
Masterwort 'Shaggy' (a.k.a. 'Margery Fish')
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period June-September
Height 24in/60cm
Light preference Shade/part shade
Soil preference Well drained
Sowing time/depth February-June, barely cover
This astrantia form, with its white pincushion blooms, which are tinted green, is happy in shade and is said to repel slugs, so try planting near hostas. Makes a very good cut flower which lasts well and also can usually be successfully dried for winter arrangements. Although harvested from plants which are in a position some distance from other astrantia, seeds may not always come absolutely true, perhaps occasionally having a tinge of pink. Although generally preferring some shade, they are tolerant of sun if kept well watered. Some sources suggest that the proper name for this variety is after a lady named Margery Fish, who is said to have discovered it in her garden in Somerset - but this might just be a rural myth!
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Astrantia usually germinate very successfully when self-sown, but stored seed can be a little more tricky. For best results, sow seed that is as fresh as possible, shallowly (light is needed for germination) in a greenhouse, February to June, covering with a thin layer of compost. Place the container in a sealed plastic bag. After 2 weeks, place the bag in the fridge for 3-6 weeks. Check often to see if any seeds have germinated, in which case carefully prick them out into small pots and grow on under glass. After the period in cold conditions, return the seeds to warm conditions. If germination has not occurred, repeat the cycle. Acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions, planting out when all danger of frost is past.
Seed
1 packet - 50 seeds approx £1.95

Plant
1 x plant (9cm pot) £3.75

Sometimes bare-rooted
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