Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'

Astrantia 'Abbey Road'

"Aunt Hattie's pincushion"

Astrantia 'Abbey Road'

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

Astrantia 'Abbey Road' makes an outstanding addition to any flower border. Forming a neat clump, it grows to around 50-80cm in height, and has attractive, deeply divided dark green leaves. But it's when the flowers come out—starting in early summer and continuing until the end of autumn—that it looks its best. Upright, blackish stems carry heads of deep rich ruby flowers with white bases, and these are surrounded by prominent bracts. A traditional plant of the cottage garden, Astrantia major 'Abbey Road' will also cut and dry well for flower arrangements. Even better, if you deadhead the flowers promptly, the plant will often produce a second flush.

Astrantia 'Abbey Road' is perennial in nature, so will come back year after year, and is ideal for flower beds and borders, and underplanting taller shrubs and garden trees. It also makes a perfect plant for a summer patio container. Plant in a sunny or dapple-shaded location, ideally with moist, well-drained soil, as this will produce the best foliage colour.

The main common name for Astrantia is masterwort, but a lesser-known name is Aunt Hattie's pincushion—because the individual flowers emanate from the centre of the head, on pin-like stalks... don't ask who Aunt Hattie was!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'ᴾᴮᴿ

  • Flower colour

    Pink, purple, red

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    16 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    3-4 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Astrantia 'Abbey Road' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Aunt Hattie's pincushion" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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