Among the loveliest border perennials, the distinctive, papery flowers look like small pin cushions. These are carried in upright sprays on wiry, branched stems above a mound of deeply cut leaves. When I started in the nursery trade there were just a few varieties, but astrantias readily cross pollinate so there are now many more to choose from. Some are very similar – so similar it is difficult to tell the difference.
Needs Given well-drained soil that remains moist, will grow in sun, partial shade, and even fairly shady spots
Great for Middle of a border
Bees & Butterflies Yes
For Cutting Yes
Care Cut back (except A. maxima) after flowering to prevent the plant seeding around and to encourage more flowers
Good with Any perennial that likes a soil that a soil that does not dry out entirely through the summer. I love them with Alchemilla mollis, Campanula persicifolia, Veronicastrum