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Herbaceous Perennial

Astrantia major 'Can Candy'
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  • RHS Plants for pollinators

A compact herbaceous perennial to 60cm, with deeply divided leaves. Branched, upright stems bear dark red buds, opening to pincushion heads of tiny pink and white flowers, surrounded by white bracts with deep red tips, from early to late summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red White Pink Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Apiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Astrantia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with palmately lobed basal leaves and branched, erect, wiry stems bearing compact umbels of tiny flowers surrounded by a rosette of showy bracts

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade; prefers moist soil but will tolerate drier conditions

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Remove faded flower stems to prevent self-seeding

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, slugs and astrantia leaf miner

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews

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