Astrantia 'Shaggy'
Astrantia 'Shaggy'
Astrantia 'Shaggy'
Astrantia 'Shaggy'
Astrantia 'Shaggy'
Astrantia 'Shaggy'

Astrantia 'Shaggy'


Astrantia 'Shaggy'

1 bare root — £2.98

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Astrantia 'Shaggy' has beautiful, large flowerheads with pointed white or pinkish bracts that are green-tipped. These blooms are held well clear of the plant's mound of glossy green leaves. 'Shaggy' will make a fabulous addition to flower borders, under trees, or on a stream bank—these plants do prefer a moist soil, but one that does not get waterlogged. Plant it in a sunny or dapple-shaded location. Forming a neat clump, masterwort 'Shaggy' grows to around 75cm in height, and has attractive, deeply divided dark green leaves. If you deadhead the flowers promptly, the plant will often produce a second flush.

The soft colouring of Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' means that it combines very well with rich, dark red Astrantias, such as 'Claret', 'Rubra' or 'Abbey Road' (all of which are also sold by Farmer Gracy). Although a traditional plant of the cottage garden, 'Shaggy' will also look in keeping with a contemporary or modern garden.

Astrantias cut and dry well for indoor arrangements. This plant will not spread or become intrusive with other plants, but astrantias are well known for self-seeding—so you'll end up with even more colour to enjoy in your garden!

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

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'

  • Flower colour

    White, pink

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    16 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    3-4 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes, No

  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

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

    • Plant your "Masterwort" 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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