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Astrantia major - L.

Common Name Great Masterwort
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woodlands and the banks of streams[7].
Range C. and E. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Astrantia major Great Masterwort


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Summary

Bloom Color: Red. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Astrantia major is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Beetles, insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. biebersteinii. A. carinthiaca. A. carniolica. non Wulf. A. trifida.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic  Purgative

A decoction of the root is purgative[7]. The root is harvested in summer to early autumn and can be dried for later use[7]. An infusion of the whole plant is a gentle diuretic[7].

References

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Border, Massing, Seashore, Woodland garden. Prefers a fertile moisture-retentive soil[200]. Succeeds in most well-drained soils[233] in full sun or part shade[200, 233]. Succeeds in an open woodland and along the sides of streams so long as the soil is well above the water level[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -17°c[200]. Plants spread by means of underground runners[233]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The flowers are sometimes dried and used for winter decoration[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[200]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as you can obtain it. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed then it can be sown in situ either as soon as it is ripe or in the following spring. Division in spring. Large clumps can be planted out straight into their permanent positions. Smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well and can then be planted out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Elaine   Fri Sep 7 2007

Astrantia "Moulin Rouge" is a hybrid of what species? Thanks!

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