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Masterwort

Astrantia major

Greater masterwort, Astrantia, Great black masterwort, Melancholy gentleman, Black hellebore

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This herbaceous perennial is widespread across Europe, and was introduced to the British Isles in the 16th Century. Commonly found in mountain meadows, grasslands, forests & clearings and close to streams. Its attractive clumps of small flowers are what has made it such an attractive addition to gardens and borders since Tudor times in Britain.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds can be collected when ripe and starting to dry.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds require 3 months of cold stratification prior to germination, therefore you should plant them outside in early Autumn, about 10mm deep.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts hoverflies, which feed off aphids, and Trichogramma wasps, which help reduce caterpillar hatching.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eastern Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Cut flower
Popular dainty cut flower.

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
Colour ranges from white, through pink & purple to a deep red depending on variety., White
Scent
Mild

Problems

May be attacked by powdery mildews. Prone to slugs and aphids.

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