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Astrantia 'Roma'

Astrania Roma Jon Grimshaw

See it in the herbaceous borders

Astrantia are a group of 8 species of herbaceous perienniels native to central and southern europe. Like many popular garden plants i.e pretty and easy to grow they are quite happy in most soils (avoiding those that become waterlogged or very dry) and either in full sun or partial shade.

Astrantia 'Roma' was introduced by the dutch plantsman and designer Piet Outdolf and is the product of a planned breeding program began in 1992. It is an even better garden plant then its parents, Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' and Astrantia major var. involucrata inheriting vigour, improved form and colour. 

Like all Astrantia flowers open from late spring to mid-summer on stems rising well above the basal clump of foliage and are adored by bees. In the autumn, when it dies down, it leaves a winter shilloulette of button like seedheads which persist well into the winter.  The only maintaince it needs, is the winter stems cut back to ground level in late febuary and large clumps lifting and dividing every 3-4 years. 

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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information

 

 

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