Sunday, August 26, 2012

Great Masterwort

Great Masterwort
Astrantia major
(ast-ran-tee-a) (MAY-jor)

This is a perennial that you don’t see all that often. Why that is I m not really sure since it seems reliable and can grow in some rough conditions. Masterwort can grow in shade or sun (as long as there is adequate moisture available). They aren’t great for borders but can work there if they have to. It is a quite hardy plant and slowly increases in size. The flowers are now available in several colors but overall it seems hard to find at the nurseries.

Since it is Sunday here is the bonus snapshot. It is a cute little daisy that has several medicinal functions as well. Its use dates back to ancient Egypt and among other things was thought to be able to revive wilted plants placed near it. The flowers are fragrant.

Roman Chamomile
Chamaemelum nobile
(kam-AY-mel-um) (no-BIL-ee)
Synonyms: Garden Camomile, Ground Apple, English Chamomile, Whig Plant


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Many of the bloggers from the PNW post lots of photos of the Astrantia major. I think it is really pretty but like you said, hard to come by in our side of the country.

Felicia said...

This is the first time I’ve seen a great masterwort, and I must say it’s very pretty! Great shot as well! Thanks for sharing!