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Astrantia ‘Sparkling Stars Red’
(Hattie's Pincushion)


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Great for wildlife
May - August
60cm x 45cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Astrantia ‘Sparkling Stars Red’ is a fully hardy perennial with a long flowering period. From June onwards delicate, papery, dark red flowers rise on wiry stems above attractive, mid-green leaves. Loved by bees and other pollinators, they make a great addition to any garden looking to introduce wildlife. As Astrantia are able to last in water for up to two weeks, they are perfect for using in cut flower displays.

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Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' is a delightful perennial loved by our team for its enduring beauty and ecological benefits. This variety graces gardens with its eye-catching blooms, which emerge in a rich red hue and adorn slender stems from late Spring until Summer. The flowers, reminiscent of sparkling stars, not only provide an intriguing display but also serve as a valuable food source for pollinators.
Recognized by the RHS Perfect for Pollinators award, 'Sparkling Stars Red' plays a crucial role in supporting declining pollinator populations. Its nectar-rich blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, contribute to the overall health and biodiversity of the garden ecosystem. Beyond its ecological value, 'Sparkling Stars Red' offers practical benefits to gardeners. Its long flowering period ensures continuous interest throughout the growing season, while its resilient nature and excellent vase life make it a top choice for cut flower arrangements. Additionally, the dried seed heads of Astrantia can be used in floral crafts, providing year-round enjoyment. With its versatility, Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' is a standout perennial to any garden, thriving in both sunny and partially shaded areas. Whether planted in borders, cottage gardens, or wildlife-friendly landscapes, this charming perennial adds a touch of elegance and vitality to outdoor spaces.

Planting Conditions

Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red' thrives in most moist, but well-drained soils. Avoid light, sandy soils as they do not retain sufficient moisture, leading to plant dehydration. For optimal growth, plant Astrantia in partially shaded areas of the garden, where it can receive some sunlight. Ensure the soil is rich in organic matter to support healthy growth. When planting, space the plants adequately to promote good air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. With these conditions, Astrantia will flourish, adding long lasting flowers year after year.

Watering & Feeding

Astrantia requires consistent watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. We recommend watering deeply once a week, more often in dry periods. Adding organic mulch can help retain soil moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering. Feed Astrantia in early Spring with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to support healthy growth and abundant blooms. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers. By maintaining proper watering and feeding routines, Astrantia will thrive and produce beautiful blooms throughout the growing season.

General Care

For general care of Astrantia 'Sparkling Stars Red', it is recommended to remove dead flowers to prolong blooming and cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush. This plant benefits from regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Astrantia is relatively pest and disease resistant, though occasional monitoring for slugs and snails is advisable. Applying a mulch can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.