One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the parsley family with small compact starlike heads of tiny flowers surrounded by prominent bracts, native to Europe and western Asia.
Genus Astrantia, family Umbelliferae: several species, in particular A. major, which is often grown in gardens
- ‘Around the house are herbaceous beds with cranesbill, catmint, astrantias, irises and hostas in subtle colours.’
- ‘The Sunday Telegraph reports that astrantias, gazanias and large-flowered clematis have all been reported in flower in different gardens in December.’
- ‘Even if you are skeptical about your garden having ideal growing conditions for astrantias, do give them a try.’
- ‘To increase plants and to keep them vigorous, divide astrantias in early spring or late fall about every three years.’
- ‘In summer its foliage matches the silvery and wine tones of painted ferns, and complements burgundy astrantias.’
- ‘Chatting about her favourite plants and styles of planting, Carol says: ‘Reliable performers, such as astrantias, campanulas and hardy geraniums, are the ones that appeal to me most.’’
- ‘It was here that I fell in love with astrantias, fuss-free starry flowers whose beauty must be seen up close to be fully appreciated.’
- ‘Like the astrantia described above, Primula capitata likes moist soil in partial shade.’
- ‘The designers have chosen astrantias, roses, campanula, achilleas, an acer and an ornamental cherry.’
Modern Latin, perhaps from Greek astēr ‘star’.
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