Astrantia major 'Claret'

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Buy Astrantia major 'Claret' great black masterwort: Delicious rich red flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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; 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, yet 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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Pretty and hardy


It was very pretty but not as dark red in colour as I had expected. It's still alive and doing well!

New Dawn



Yes I will continue to shop with Crocus


I am apainter. I use colour to experiment with the planting.




The most gorgeous deep wine red - as the name suggests


I can't think of a single thing I didn't love about this plant. Not only is the colour very deep, rich and intense - really showing true to the photos of the product listing online, but this plant flowered copiously in a lush dense clump. Some Astrantias have a really repulsive smell, but these seemed to be less pongy meaning you could bring a few inside without regretting it later. I have had many compliments and enquiries on these since planting them and will definitely be purchasing more next year.




Pleased with the service and plant performance!


Reliable quality plants!

Her Ladyship

Tonbridge, Kent


They are ok, but not thriving in the shaded area


Pretty but very slow growing


South West


Beautiful Flowers


Success at last with an Astrantia! Quite tall and airy plants with healthy green leaves, beautiful flowers from May to November in 2018. They are in a narrow border that is sheltered from wind and only get direct sun from early to late morning, I divided them in the Autumn and replanted, have re-grown well and back in flower again and look lovely.

Mrs Bunnykins





As above ,not vigorous,maybe last summer weather too extreme,planted with roses.


Rural,North West Cambridgeshire


Great colour


I love the colour on this plant and grew really well.




I give up


I have tried several varities of Astrantia but these plants never seem to grow beyond a few tiny leaves

Enthusiastic Amateur



A lovely rich red colour colour


I bought these 3 years ago, they didn't do much in the first summer after planting but they have done really well for the last two years. The rich red wine colour is beautiful and the usually long stems make for a very airy plant. Yes, it took longer than Astantia 'Roma' to establish but it was well worth the wait in my view.




Astrantia major Claret

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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

kelly mackenzie

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

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