Astrantia major 'Rubra'
60 - 70 cm
June - August
sun - partial shade
acid - neutral - alkaline
Astrantia is a genus in the family Apiaceae. Most species of the genus are native to mountain woodlands in Central- and E-Europe, including the Alps. They are hardy, medium sized plants that grow well in normal soil both in sun and semi-shade.
Division in spring.
Seed – needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.
Seed just covered and stored for 2-4 weeks at 22°C (72°F) and then it‘s moved outside until germination. Germination can be slow, seed may germinate a year later, so it‘s important not to throw it away prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 18°C (64°F) so it‘s best to move it inside in spring.
Another possibility is to store the seed tray in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks and then move it to 18°C.
Hardy and easy to grow.