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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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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

Astrantia major Great Masterwort


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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 Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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.

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

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
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].
Other Uses
None known
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.
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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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Elaine Fri Sep 7 2007
Astrantia "Moulin Rouge" is a hybrid of what species? Thanks!
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