JAM would like to introduce our plant of the week Astrantia Roma. The Genus name comes from the Greek word for star in reference to the star-like quality of the flower heads. There are 8 or 9 species, which have aromatic roots, palmate leaves, and decorative flowers. They are commonly known as great masterwork. Astrantia have been cultivated since the 16th century. Roma is a slightly more vigorous variety with a much longer flowering period than some other varieties. Roma was introduced by Dutchman Piet Oudolf. Soft pink posies of tiny flowers surrounded by papery bracts are held on wiry stems from May to late summer. Attractive to bees and butterflies, slug and rabbit resistant. Astrantias make excellent dried flowers - cut the stems before the seed sets, then turn the flowers upside down to dry in a cool, airy place. Prefers moist soil in sun or part shade though will tolerate drier conditions. Height 50cm (20"). Spread 30cm (12"). Hardy perennial.
Astrantia Roma 7 each or 5 for 28 this week only.
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