Astrantia major 20" tall. Carmine-rose rounded pincushion or buttonhead-type flowers with white centers are cupped by stars of rosy bracts. Often called Hattie’s Pincushion.
Clump-forming plant with loose basal rosettes of palmate leaves. Excellent cutflower both fresh and dried. Long bloom time—June through August.
Thrives in woodland gardens or along stream banks, and deeply resents drying out. Plant 18–24" apart in consistently moist but well-drained soil. Part sun. Z4. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.