Astrantia major ‘Claret’
Description: Herbaceous perennial noted for long lasting flower heads. One of the darker Astrantias with black stems and dark green deeply lobed leaves. The flowers are deep, rich, ruby-red in colour and are pincushion-like and papery in form. The flowers are borne in profusion from June to August. Delicate looking plant yet hardy in nature. This clump forming perennial is a delight when planted in dappled woodland shade or in contemporary planting.
Climate / Position: Full sun to partial shade. Does well in woodland and dappled shade.
Height / Spread: Height 50cm. Spread 30cm.
Soil Requirements: Moist fertile soils.
Pruning : None required. Can be cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush.
Special Requirements: Astrantias may take time to establish and do not like to to dry out. Ideally, incorporate organic matter when planting and water new plantings in dry weather.
Astrantias have been cultivated in the UK since the 16th Century and is first recorded in cultivation in Belgium in 1574.