According to Smith’s Exotic Botany of 1805, “The more refined admirers of Nature” rate Astrantia among their favorite blossoms. The flowers bloom like tiny enchanting fireworks: a star burst of bracts surround the spray of small flowers and splashy groups of buds shoot out from branched stems like the finale on the Fourth of July.
If a natural look is what you’re after, plant Masterworts near a shady patio or path where you can enjoy their detail. This is an ideal flower for arrangements, fresh or dried.
“Outstandingly strong and bold,” is how the late British garden writer Christopher Lloyd referred to this ornate beauty. Especially long, soft-looking bracts, white and green-tipped, cradle delicate, frosty pale pink corsages and earn ‘Shaggy’ its name. Planted en masse and superimposed against Actaea, the sturdy striated stems and deeply cut spring green leaves make a verdurous statement.
Blooms June – August.
Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Astrantia major ‘Buckland’
- Astrantia major ‘Canneman’
- Astrantia major ‘Claret’
- Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’
- Astrantia major ‘Lars’
- Astrantia major ‘Madeleine Van Bennekom’
- Astrantia major ‘Midnight Owl’
- Astrantia major ‘Pink Pride’
- Astrantia major ‘Roma’
- Astrantia major ‘White Giant’
- Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge’