Basic information about Astrantia. Includes Origin, Growing & Cultivation, Common Pests & Diseases, Interesting Facts & Uses, and Garden Design Tips.
The botanical name, Astrantia, is said to be derived from either the Latin (Aster) or Greek (Astra) word for star.
The common name, Masterwort, refers to the medieval medicinal use of the flowers.
This plant is native to most of Europe and the Caucasus region.
Growing and Cultivation
Astrantia prefer partial shade and rich, moist and slightly acidic soil. Water thoroughly and regularly; cannot handle drought. They can tolerate heavy, damp soils, but do not want to dry out or be puddled after rainfall or watering. This plant enjoys fertilizer in spring and again in midsummer. You may deadhead after the first flowering to encourage a rebloom.
Common Pests and Diseases
Astrantia is not very susceptible to any pests or diseases. Sometimes can develop powdery mildew, or slugs and aphids will occasionally show up to snack on it, but not common at all. This plant is deer-resistant and mostly rabbit-resistant as well.
Interesting Facts and Uses
This plant has been popular and grown in English gardens since the Tudor era! Their flowers were used in medieval medicine as purgatives or diuretics.
There are many varieties developed in the UK, and it is gaining popularity here in the US.
The flowers can be cut fresh or last especially well dried in floral arrangements.
Astrantia attracts butterflies and bees, so it is a good addition to pollinator-friendly gardens.
Garden Design Tips
Astrantia does well next to a stream or pond, at the front of a mixed border or woodland edge, or near a patio or walkway to enjoy the flowers up close. They tend to blend in and disappear in farther view. Their long showy flowering and quiet foliage mound complements hosta, ferns, Astilbe, and other shade perennials well.
To purchase Astrantia varieties, please visit our Shade Companion Plants Page.