Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'
Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'

Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'

syn. Astrantia 'Westarr'

Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'

1 bare root — £5.21

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Description

Enjoy a long season of extra large, starry blooms, thanks to Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red'. Cute in crimson, the richly-hued flowers of this special masterwort will attract attention in any planting scheme. This variety is quite new on the scene, bred to have larger blooms and a longer flowering period than many other Astrantia types. Plant a patch of Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' and you can enjoy their sparkling blooms from June through to early Autumn!

With nectar-rich flowers which are a magnet for pollinators, this low maintenance and unfussy perennial is invaluable for wildlife gardens. Strong stems carry the show through summer. If you can bare to cut them, a good bunch of Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' make the most magnificent indoor arrangements.  

Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' (or Astrantia 'Westarr') offers all the hardiness and reliability we would expect from any Astrantia and will get stuck into a wide range of soil types and positions without complaint. Masterwort has long been a florist’s favourite as these provide excellent flower bounty for your bouquets. The papery bracts and wiry stems of Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' ('Westarr') dry nicely too and look great in eco-friendly everlasting arrangements. 

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 'Sparkling Stars Red'
    syn. Astrantia major 'Westarr'

  • Flower colour

    Red, crimson

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • 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

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes, 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 'Sparkling Stars Red' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your syn. Astrantia 'Westarr' 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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