Astrantia major ‘Primadonna’ – (Masterwort)


A very handsome Astrantia with flowers in shades of wine to deep wine red.

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Astrantia Major “Primadonna” is an excellent cultivated variety which forms bushy compact plants, above which appear long stemmed handsome flowers of wine to deep wine red.
The flower buds are deep rose pink when they first appear in late spring, and they have darker veining running through the bract leaves. The flower size is about 4cm. The papery bracts can remain attractive for months.

Sowing advice
Sow into moist well-drained seed compost at 18-22°C for 2-4 weeks. Then if there is no germination cold stratify. Move to fridge (-4-+4°C) for 4-6 weeks and then return to warmth, 18°C. Germination should occur. If it does not repeat the process. Germination can take many months. Once germinated move to a warm place. Transplant seedlings once large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Grow on at 7°C. Acclimatise for 10-15 days and plant out. Can be sown into pots in late autumn and left outside over winter for spring germination.

Additional information


Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Hatties Pincushion, Masterwort, Melancholy Gentleman



Maximum Height

75 cm

Number of seeds in packet