Common Name: Masterwort
Cultivar: 'Hadspen Blood'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Time to divide plants: September to November
Astrantias are superb perennials for light shade under trees and shrubs, on a stream bank or in a moist border. They will tolerate drier soils as long as the plants are surrounded with a thick layer of mulch in spring. 'Hadspen Blood' is a beautiful variety with carmine-red pincushion flowers on maroon stems. After flowering, plants can be rejuvenated by cutting them back close to the ground - fresh new foliage and a late crop of flowers start appearing shortly after. Plants do not spread far but are well-known for self seeding.
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