Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' – Ballyrobert Gardens
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Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood'

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood'

£4.99


About this cultivar:

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' is a darker cultivar of masterwort. It is a popular cultivar introduced by Nori Pope and named after the famous Hadspen House garden in England. Its outer petals are a darker blood red than most other red or pink Astrantia. Often the flowers don't open fully to wonderful effect. With 'Hadspen Blood' you regularly get a second flush of flowers in the Autumn. 'Hadspen Blood' doesn't seed much, if at all. We've had it in many parts our garden for many years and often see it at many flower shows, such as Chelsea.

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil - grows well in Ballyrobert!
  • Flowers: June, July, August, September
  • Other features: Bees and Butterflies, Cut Flowers or Dried Flowers
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert!
  • Habit: Clump forming, Bushy
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
  • Spread: 45 - 75 cm (1.5 - 2.5 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: Pink, red, green
  • Goes well with: Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's Variety', Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', Rosa 'Our Molly' (see photo)

About this genus:

Astrantia is an upright herbaceous perennial that is probably our favorite plant in the garden at Ballyrobert. We find that nearly every Astrantia cultivar grows well in nearly every soil and situation; from shade to sun, from dry to wet, from clay to sand! They look great in sun when buzzing with insects but they can also be used in some troublesome part-shade areas. When the flowers die back they dry out very quickly, go light brown, and stay upright - this gives wonderful structure if you decide not to cut them back. Sometimes this Genus is known as Masterwort or Hatties pincushion. The Genus name comes from a Greek word 'astron' meaning star in reference to the flower head shape or from magistrantia (derived from the Latin word 'magister' meaning master or teacher).