Astrantia major ‘Claret’

astrantia

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Outstanding Qualities

This selection of masterwort was chosen for its deep wine red blooms and dark maroon-black flower stems. The richly colored blossoms are held well above the foliage for an excellent show in late spring and summer. It is easy to grow and stands out in the garden. This was one of the best masterwort performers in the GPP trials. Seedling produced from this selection will almost always come true with dark red flowers and deep black stems.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: late spring to mid-summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’, Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Hosta ‘Blue Angel’, Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

Great Color Contrasts: white, purple, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: rose, burgundy, bronze, cream

Culture Notes
Masterwort thrives in rich well drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil types including sand and clay. Plant this perennial in full sun to light or open shade and provide regular watering during dry weather. Although it will tolerate dappled shade the flowering will be sparse. Once the first flush of flowers has finished either enjoy the dry seed heads or cut it to the ground to minimize seedlings and to enjoy a second flush of late season bloom.
Geek Notes
'Claret' first arose as a seedling of 'Ruby Wedding'.