• Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Astrantia major 'Claret'

great black masterwort

5 year guarantee Perfect for pollinators
9cm pot £14.99
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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: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

'Claret' is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby-red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty too, being deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage garden favourite, this Astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use it towards the front of a sunny, reliably moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated.

  • Garden care:
    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 5-7cm 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.
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