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Deepest red astrantia

cloud8cloud8 Posts: 103

I would like to grow a very deep red astrantia but websites offering plants or seeds all boast that theirs is the deepest red.  Can anyone advise on the darkest, moodiest, bloodiest red please?  The favourites seem to be Claret, Hadspen Blood, Primadoona, Ruby Wedding and Venice.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,854

    None of these cultivars can been relied upon to seed true. You would do better to buy the one you like best and split it up.

    I have 'Hadspen Blood', less than half of its babies are as dark.

    That's the way it is with named cultivars, they can only be reproduced by division or cuttings.

  • Verdun seems to be our resident expert on astrantia so sure he'll help but think I've been told their colour can vary dependant on soil type and maturity.  Hence maybe why you're getting different answers.  Grow them all and see what works for you!

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,025

    Agree with Verdun. Also Astrantia do best with a bit of shade and reliably moist soil.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,545

    Oh Verdun, good find! Are you going to order one? Bluebellnurserys? image

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,896

    Ive just planted Venice but it wont flower until next year so have no idea of the colour.  Ill def. check out Star of Fire though.  The name is fab.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • richhondacrichhondac Posts: 222
    How do you split up astrantia plants
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,545

    I just dig a clump up and pull em apart image

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