Astrantia major ‘Rose Symphony’ – (Masterwort)
This is a very pretty astrantia with flowers which appear in red and pink shades and seem to have a shimmering metallic quality to them.
This lovely astrantia has strong stems which bear bright rose red , shading purple and pink shaded bracts. The bracts appear to have almost a metallic quality to them.
The plant flowers in late spring to summer, and is a good cut flower which also dries well. It does best in dappled shade in rich moist soil. It needs to be kept moist and will not do well in dry soil.
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.
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