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Astrantia maxima AGM
Largest Masterwort
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Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period June- August
Height 24in/60cm
Light preference Full sun/part shade
Soil preference Moist
Sowing time/depth February-June, barely cover
This lovely astrantia has a long flowering period. Rings of stiff, finely toothed, rich-pink bracts surround umbels of very small, pink flowers on straight, wiry stems above attractive, deeply-lobed, bright-green foliage. The plant has a spreading habit but is generally not difficult to control. Much recommended!
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.
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