Astrantia major 'Claret'

great black masterwort

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period:June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty too, being deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, reliably moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated.

    Astrantias have been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century and have numerous common names, such as melancholy gentleman, Hattie's pincushion and the more well-known masterwort.

  • Garden care: Astrantias do not like to dry out. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather especially newly established plants. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don't like having their roots disturbed.

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I would not buy this plant again

By Lindy

from South east

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    Comments about Crocus Astrantia major'Claret':

    Planted as instructed but plant has yet to show any growth, the other astrantias I have in the garden are in full leaf and growing well. When I contacted crocus I was told to wait until May but as the weather has been very warm and most plants are growing very well I was very dissapointed with the response. This plant seems to have been a waste of money as I don't believe the plant is alive.

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    By Hannah

    from North London

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      Comments about Astrantia major 'Claret':

      they were plants that were planted according to instructions but I can see none of them now! Expensive and disappointing!

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      2.0

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      By Hawthorne

      from South-East Scotland

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      Comments about Astrantia major 'Claret':

      Didn't bloom at all in year 1. I've had some flowers from it this year but it is not nearly as vigorous as other Astrantias in my garden.

      • Your Gardening Experience:
      • Keen but clueless

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        2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry

        Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly
        Asked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie

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          Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

          Answered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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