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Astrantia

ASTRANTIA Apiaceae Astrantia major

HABITAT: Native to Austria. Zones 4-7.

USES: Beds, borders, cut flowers.

HABIT: Hardy perennial that develops into a dense clump 24 to 36 inches tall. The long lasting star-shaped flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and are composed of petals of varying shades of ivory-blush to deep rose with collars of silvery bracts.

SEED GERMINATION AND CULTURE: Sow seeds in moist grow mix in a tray or pot and enclose in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Then remove and provide a 60°F temperature for germination, which can take 1 to 6 months. Transplant to 2 ¼ inch pots when large enough to handle and provide plenty of light. After danger of frost, set pots outdoors in a protected area to harden plants for 2 to 3 days. Space plants 18 inches apart in a well-drained soil in partial shade. Can be planted in full sun if the soil is kept moist.

INSECTS: None reported.

DISEASES: None reported.

PROPAGATION: Seed, root division.