Astrantia major alba ‘White Ruffs’

Astrantia major alba ‘White Ruffs’ is much loved for reliable and long flowering, and the lacy, dainty look it creates in the garden. 

A haze of dainty pincushions

It bears a flock of white pincushion flowers, each surrounded by a ruff of greenish white bracts.
and they hover on tall stems to create a lovely hazy, cloudy look.
Additionally they make an excellent cut flower, and are loved by professional florists. They are very long lasting flowers in vases, either cut fresh or dried.

Long and prolific blooming

Once they get started in late spring, there is no stopping Astrantias all summer.
They bloom their heads off.
Astrantia Major alba ‘White Ruffs’ flowers from late spring through summer continuously.

Growing: Astrantia major alba ‘White Ruffs’

– Height with flowers: 70cm approx.
– Width: Perennial clump to a diameter of 60cm approx.
– Position: An ideal position is where the plant receives a few hours of Morning Sun and then Dappled Light or Partial Shade for the rest of the day.
Astrantias are shade lovers. So easterly facing positions are perfect.
They enjoy humidity.
– Water-wise: Astrantias are not particularly thirsty plants, once established in their preferred shaded position. So normal, average garden watering is sufficient.

Hardy in the right spot

– Soil: Astrantias are not particularly fussy about soil type. So they will tolerate a range of soil conditions, from quite light soils to clay and heavier soils.
And they are also obligingly tolerant of either alkaline (lime) soils or acid woodland type soils.
Plus they can tolerate the soil being waterlogged for periods.  
– Frost: Astrantias are extremely frost hardy, as they can shrug off frosts down to at least -20C.
– Growth: Astrantias make a neat perennial clump of dainty foliage. With massed blooms above on tall, branching stems.
There is nothing to dislike about the way Astrantias grow.
As they are polite and lovely shade lovers.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees as well as all types of beneficial pollinators, are always busy around the flock of flowers.

Easy care

– Care: Easy to grow and very little maintenance required. Cut back close to ground level after flowering to rejuvenate growth.
And do harvest stems for cut flowers, as this will only promote even more flowering.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Astrantias are generally left alone by our nibbling enemies, and they are also rarely if ever troubled by pests and diseases. They are easy, hardy growers in the right place.
– Origin: Native to woodlands in Estern Europe and Asia.

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