Astrantia major ‘Roma’
Mass of rugged red pincushions, purple and white tinged. Clusters of flowers on prolific 60cm stems across Summer & Autumn. The blissful blooms of Astrantia major ‘Roma’ float mistily above a carpet of pretty cut leaves. Looks fabulous massed in Partial Shade or Dappled Sun. Equally lovely & long lasting in a vase. Very frost hardy & easy to grow in variety of conditions.
A great shade bloomer and cut flower
Astrantia major grows best in part shade in rich, continuously moist however well drained soil with plenty of organic richness. Ideally the plant should be situated in a position that receives a couple of hours of Morning Sun and Dappled Sun for the rest of the day or something of the likes. A great cut flower, The bracts usually remain attractive well after the flowers finish blooming and are excellent in dried arrangements. The umbels can be used as fresh cut flowers as well.
Growing: Astrantia major ‘Roma’
– Height with flowers: 40cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Dappled Sun. Astrantia will grow in Full shade but will not bloom as prolifically.
– Soil: Well Drained but moist, although will tolerate most soil conditions.
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial
– Attracts: Native bees and also other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Because Astrantia enjoys moist soil, it needs to be watered frequently during times of drought, otherwise it will die. It should be fertilized once or twice a year for best growth. After flowering, cut back the spent flower stems because this will encourage more flowers and also fresh growth.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Known to be a good deer resistant option but unfortunately the growth of Astrantia major ‘Roma’ is enjoyed by rabbits and sometimes possums so if some damage is found protection may be required.
– Origin: Native to central and eastern Europe.