WTF? (What’s That Flower?): Astrantia

WTF? (What’s That Flower?): Astrantia

Have you noticed a small star shaped flower recently that gets tucked into a lot of bouquets and arrangements you see on Pinterest or bridal blogs? You might be looking at astrantia which is one of the newest flowers that we’ve added to our line up. It’s a flower that is more common in Europe (where the flower originates) and not as widely used in the US, but that may change soon as it becomes more easily accessible!

Arrangement with astrantia

Astrantia, also called great masterwort, gets its genus name from the ancient Greek word for star (astron) or Latin word (astrum). Just looking at the bloom and you can see why!

White Astrantia

Astrantia is often noted as a great cottage garden flower because of the charming characteristic of its blooms. The flowers have a pin cushion like center with a surrounding circle of pointed petals (actually bracts if you want to be botanically accurate!).

Pink Astrantia

They often grow in clusters and range in color from white, to pink, to a deep rich purple. Astrantia is typically in season from late spring to mid-summer.

Purple Astrantia

Astrantia make a wonderful secondary or filler flower in arrangements. It can add a touch of color and add some fine texture to designs. It is also great when you want flowers that have wildflower feel. A small cluster of astrantia in a vase can give you a just picked from the garden look.

White Astrantia in Vase

For DIY newbies or floral design beginners, astrantia is an easy flower to work with. The stems are firm and while the blooms look delicate, they are robust flowers so you don’t have to be too gentle with them. The only drawback with astrantia is that as the flower ages, the blooms can drop very fine bits of pollen which can be bothersome to allergy sufferers.

An added plus to getting astrantia is that they make excellent dried flowers.  If used in a bridal bouquet, it’s a nice keepsake to have some dried blooms to remember that special day. To dry the flowers, just hang upside down and place in a cool dark and dry place with good air circulation.

I hope this post has helped add to your flower education so that the next time you see astrantia, you can show off and correctly identify the flower.  You can check out our astrantia page to see the colors that we have and feel free to drop us a line with any questions. We love hearing from you!



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