Astrantia bavarica



Habitat: Woodland edges


Soil: good garden soil


Height: 75 cm


Flowering: early summer


Width: 30 cm



This is a genus of herbaceous plants, sometimes known as masterworts, or more correctly great masterwort, that come from central and eastern Europe and as far east as the Caucasus.The name reflects the starry appearance of the flowers, which have a tight umbel of small florets, surrounded by a ruff of papery bracts. Usually they come in pale shades, but there are some varieties that have deeper colours.

Astrantia bavarica is basically white, but with a lot of green on the bracts and pink on the flowers, so it is very attractive, and as with the rest of the genus, it retains its appearance for a long time. This species come from Bavaria, and is related to the more widely known Astrantia major.
1 litre pot £6.00

Astrantia - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Astrantia carniolica 'Rubra' is a lovely dwarf masterwort with deep red flowers that bloom throughout the summer, contrasting with the attractive, fresh green palmate leaves.
astrantia_major.jpg Astrantia major 'Alba' has white flowers, with the tips of the papery bracts green, a subtle combination that makes the flowers combine well with the foliage.
invisible.gif Astrantia major 'Claret' is one of the darkest-flowered varieties, in which the flowers are deep, ruby red, and whose bracts are longer than those in most other varieties. The leaves are deeply lobed, dark green.
invisible.gif Astrantia major 'Rubra' is one of the darker-flowered varieties, with flowers whose bracts are deep red-pink, with the centres of the flowers pale pink but with prominent darker stamens.
invisible.gif Astrantia 'Roma' has pinky-white, paper-like bracts beneath a dome of bright pink flowers. It is a vigorous variety that lasts longer in flower than most other red-coloured varieties.