West Highland Flora

Astrantia


Astrantia major

 

Astrantia major

Photo David Fenwick
Wild Flowers of the Plymouth Area
3 Aug 2004 Plymouth


A rare garden escape.

Inflorescence c 2-4 cm across

ID: Unmistakable.  Amount of pink, white and green on the bracts can vary.

Other features: Looks very different from other umbellifers.  The flowers are in an umbel but a very loose one.  The bracts, by contrast, are very conspicuous and look like the petals of a super-flower, with the individual flowers taking the position of stamens.  Leaves deeply divided into c 3-7 toothed palmately arranged lobes.
 

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