Astrantia 'Rose Symphony'
Astrantia Major Seeds - Tiny pearly coloured flowers which are surrounded by papery bracts in lush shades pale pink to deep rose
Approx 15 seeds
Astrantia will happily flower all summer long through to autumn. Deadheading highly recommended (if you aren't cutting it for flowers) to encourage more blooms. A fabulous cut flower, lasting forever in the vase or can even be dried.
Like all perennials she’s a pain in the… to germinate, but worth the trouble. Astrantia loves it sunny, but prefers wet feet, so keep the roots moist.
How to make these beauties grow
Sow: Anytime or sow in Autumn for natural germination.
How: Surface sow and cover lightly with vermiculite. Keep warm for 4 weeks then cold stratify for 12 weeks. Autumn sown seeds – leave outside (do not allow to dry out) and let mother nature take her course.
Where: Sun - but keep the roots moist
Days to Maturity: Upto 365 days
Pick: When the flowers are fully open. Can be dried.
Notes from the garden
Plants in the shade grow longer stem length.
Germination is slooooooooooooooooow. Astrantia requires a long cool period for germination to occur (cold stratify for 6 weeks if not autumn sown) Be patient, do not discard sown seed trays hastily.
I've had amazing success germianting astrantia by using the following method:
Chill in the fridge for 6 weeks (damp kitchen roll in a bag)
Sow - and place trays outside in winter. Was subjected to fluctuating temps of down -5 at night and warm day time temps. Approx 4 weeks later my seeds germinated (woohoo!)
Divide clumps every few years.
Image: Peter Nyssen