Do you recognize this summer beauty? This long-blooming, sturdy plant is Astrantia major, commonly called masterwort. It's a tried-and-true garden ornamental that is worth adding to your garden.
This Potpourri highlights Astrantia major with a nice introductory article by Tod Boland, a Canadian research horticulturist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden.
Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches (non-invasive)
Light: Prefers part to full shade
Soil: Grows best in moist soil with plenty of organic material; requires more frequent watering during times of drought
Fertilize 1–2 times a year for best growth
Hardiness: Zone 4 (requires a sheltered micro-climate in the northern garden)
Notes: Excellent cut flower and dried flower
View the impressive range of Astrantia cultivars at Perennials.com
First image of Astrantia major - therebloomsagarden.com
Second image of Astrantia major - Enrico Blasutto via Wikipedia, Creative Commons
More articles by Tod Boland on Dave's Garden
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden