Astrantia major Primadonna – Buy perennials

Astrantia major Primadonna description:

Very unusual ruby and cream flowers over a long time.

A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.

How easy is it to grow:
This is good for the middle of a border, cottage garden, or wildlife garden and it is easy if the soil isn’t too dry.

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Common names: Primadonna Great Masterwort andPrimadonna Masterwort.

Originates from Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, Western Asia.

Astrantia major Primadonna in August

The best position in the garden:

Sun or semi shade.

Is it useful as a groundcover plant?

Yes, it will fill a small space.

What type of soil:

Light or clay soil.

How much moisture:

Normal moisture, or it can withstand fairly wet soil.

Hardiness and, or, lifespan:


Care and maintenance:

When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim hard after the flowers have had their main flush to create fresh leaves and more flowers.
Leaves can get powdery mildew.

Size of plant:

Height 60 cm.
Spread 40 cm.

Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:

Allow 6 plants per square metre.

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Astrantia Major (Masterwort) plants

Astrantia Major, commonly known as Masterwort, is a favourite perennial English garden plant. It is especially appreciated by English gardeners because of its long flowering period (May – September), compact growth habit (30-90 cm) and stunning blooms. With their delicately shaped clusters of flowers ranging from deep red to fresh green white, Astrantia looks beautiful in any flower border. This perennial will thrive in your garden; planted in moist soil in full sunshine or partial shade. Combine Masterwort with geranium, salvia and other perennials and flower bulbs for a beautiful and elegant flower border. Astrantia Major is also popular among florists. Astrantia Major provides excellent cut flowers which are used to create lovely romantic floral arrangements.

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Astrantia Major Lars is for sale online via our webshop. Masterwort Lars is an attractive perennial garden plant. It has a lovely compact growth habit and blooms with dainty pink coloured flowers. Masterwort Lars looks beautiful planted in combination with Astilbe, Flax and Irises. It also brightens up any lightly shaded areas planted under shrubs or trees. Astrantia is a very versatile plant. Whether you own a wild, natural garden, picking garden, woodland garden, cottage, urban or ornamental garden, it looks lovely everywhere. This garden plant also needs very little care to thrive. By removing faded flowers after its first bloom, it will reward you with a second flowering during late summer. Astrantia Major Lars is for sale online via our website.

Astrantia major ‘Ruby Wedding’

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil
  • Rate of Growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
    This astrantia has stunning ruby-red pincushion flowers with a suggestion of white at the base of each petal. The leaves are pretty too; deeply lobed and mid green. This old cottage garden favourite has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years, as it works equally well in contemporary style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the intense flower colour can be fully appreciated.
    Astrantias have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and have numerous common names, such as melancholy gentleman, Hattie’s pincushion and the more well-known masterwort.
  • Garden care: Astrantias do not like to dry out. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially newly established plants. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7 cm mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don’t like having their roots disturbed.

Astrantia Major Ruby Wedding

Astrantia majorLatin name

A rich ruby colour with just sufficient white at the flower base to emphasize the wonderful colour. Choice. 24″.

How to Grow Astrantia from Seed

Astrantias are loved by both flower arrangers and gardeners. They perform best in a moist soil and will make good ground cover if planted in groups. Astrantia works equally well in a woodland edge or in a mixed border, shaded by shrubs and deciduous trees. Plant Astrantia with your Hostas for added slug protection, slugs do not like Astrantias making them ideal companion plants for a more organic slug control method.

For arranging, cut Astrantia stems under water with a sharp knife and remove all of the leaves that will be beneath the water line. Hydrate in warm water for a minimum of two hours before storing or using. Astrantia is also excellent for drying, cut the stems before the seed sets, then turn the flowers upside down and hang in a cool, airy place to dry.

Astrantia seeds need a period of moisture and cold to break their dormancy and allow the seed to germinate. This can be artificially stimulated by placing the seed on moistened compost in a sealed polythene bag and storing in a refrigerator for 3 to 5 weeks at around 4°C / 39°F. Light also aids germination so the seeds need only the lightest of covering with compost once removed from the fridge, but avoid direct sunlight.

Once seeds are brought back up to 65-70F germination should take about 21 to 30 days.

Prick out each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle and transplant into individual 3 inch pots and move to a cooler area, 7C to 10C ideal, to grow on. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out.

Positioning a compost filled seed tray beneath flowering Astrantia where ripe seed can fall, and leaving it in situ over winter into spring has proven to be a successful self-sowing method of raising Astrantia seedlings.

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