This plant called Astrantia (Astrantia major) is a group of flowers that is also known as masterwort. Astrantia is a shade-loving perennial that is not common to most gardens.

Astrantia also known as masterwort plant can grow to about one to two feet tall. Astrantia (masterwort plant) comes in a wide variety of colors. This plant flowers are has an unusual looking, because they are actually a group of tightly packed florets that are backed by petal-like bracts. Actually this really makes the flower look very much like a star or a firework. This plant leaves look a little bit like the Italian parsley or carrots, although is not surprising because Astrantia are in the same family as carrots. 

The following are the varieties of masterwort plant cultivars;

      1. The Astrantia ‘Buckland’ variety

     2. The Astrantia ‘Lars’ variety

     3. The Astrantia major ‘Roma’ variety

     4. The Astrantia maxima ‘Hadspen Blood’ variety

     5. The Astrantia major ‘Abbey Road’ variety

     6. The Astrantia major ‘Shaggy’ variety

How to care for Astrantia

This particular plant is suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9 and is a perennial. Astrantia (masterwort plant) prefers to be planted in part shade to full shade. Astrantia (masterwort plant) grows best in moist soil with plenty of organic material. This plant really needs moist soil, masterwort plant needs to be watered frequently during times of drought, or otherwise it will just die. The plant needs to be fertilized once or twice a year for best growth.

The propagation of Astrantia

Masterwort plant is propagated either through division or through growing from seed. To actually divide the plant, just dig up a mature clump in either early spring or early fall. You can use a spade and thrust the spade through the Astrantia (masterwort plant) clump. You can replant the 2 halves wherever you would like the plants to grow. If you want to grow Astrantia from seed, you can start them in the fall. Astrantia (masterwort plant) seeds really need to be cold stratified in order to germinate. Make sure you do the cold stratification in the fall and once they are cold treated you can now plant them in the soil and then keep the soil warm. Actually the older the seed the longer it will really take them to germinate.

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