Great Masterwort, a.k.a. Astrantia major

Tuesday in the Garden

Great masterwort is a lesser-known flower, perhaps because of its subtle beauty, but more likely because it needs rich, moist soil to thrive. It has been blooming off-and-on for a few weeks in my garden in a moist location with part shade. Full sun and dry? Forget it!

Astrantia major needs moist soil and some shade

The flower stems get to be one to three feet tall with one-inch diameter blossoms. Typically half a dozen blossoms are on each stem. They do tend to flop, so they are nice growing close to other perennials that will hold them up.  

Leaf of great masterwort

In addition to the ivory flowers with pink centers, a variety with deep maroon flowers is also available, I’ve had it, but perhaps an over-enthusiastic weeder pulled it out – the leaves look a bit like a rambunctious weed that plagues me. 

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