Great Masterwort, Mountain Sanicle
Height: 3-4' (90-120cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Pink, maroon, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder) Order: Umbellales (Carrot Order) Family: Apiaceae (celery Family)
Genus: Astrantia (Masterwort) Species: major (great) ____________________________________
Astrantia major is fast becoming a mainstay of cottage gardens, following the introduction of several hybrids with deep coloured flowers. They can now be found in all shades from white, through pinks to maroon.
Although members of the same family as the familiar Cow Parsley and similar weeds, Astrantia flowers look more like a daisy. They have a pincushion-like centre, which is composed of many small true flowers, surrounded by a ruff of bracts which resemble the petals of a daisy.
As well as being a useful plant for the garden, Astrantias are also good for cutting, and for dried flower arrangements.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod Each individual flower produces its own seed in the centre of the flower.
Seed The seeds are like grooved grains of wheat with a tuft at one end. There are many seeds
on a seedhead.
Seedling The seedling has leaves divided into three, like a clover leaf. The stems may be red.
(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
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