Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

Astrantia major ‘Ruby Star’
APIACEAE, The Parsley family

I love the RHS Online Plant Shop: Only a British gardening site would tell you the price of the plant along with how many hours it would take to get it. ‘I must have ruby stars masterwort! In no less than 48 hours!’ It also shows a chap in a cap for a sense of scale next to a silhouette of the plant: This allium would come right up to woolen vest height, whereas that Dahlia would just graze your blazer.

Astrantia is a fabulous plant for partial shade. This particular fancy one has blooms of maroon with dark bracts and the foliage has a purple cast too. I have it grouped with Buddhist pine, Libertia, fringe flower ‘Fire Dancer’, and Japanese painted fern. And dragon tail fern. And hart’s tongue fern.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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One Response to Masterwort

  1. hannah says:

    what a fantastic plant to feature, this is my new favorite!

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