Astrantia Star of Love
Astrantia Star of Love

Astrantia Star of Love

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Originally a woodland plant, Astrantia Star of Love will usefully tolerate shade. It provides good ground cover in the middle of the herbaceous border with a mound of deeply cut, attractively shaped leaves and deep red pincushion blooms that provide an exotic flair to the garden. They are highly attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Being extremely vigorous and prolific, do not hesitate to raid it with the flower scissors. In seasonal arrangements it provides the perfect foil for other indigenous flowers, for example the lime green froth of Alchemilla Mollis; it can also be dried and stored for decorative use in winter.

  • Flowers: June- late September
  • Hardy
  • Well drained soil
  • All aspects
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
  • Deadhead blooms to prolong flowering
  • Slug and snail resistant
  • Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and water well in dry weather, especially newly established plants