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Mostly star-shaped umbel feel in a sunny or partially shaded place in the garden, which is humid at the same time. They love nutritious soils that are always well supplied with water

Red-flowered Large Star-throde

The red-flowered varieties of the Astrantia major have become increasingly popular in recent years


Because of their wild-stamen character, star-shaped umbels are particularly suitable for natural plantings in the sun or partial shade. With their elegant, sometimes filigree umbels they lend lightness to any plantation. Since they also thrive in partial shade, the species and varieties can be used very well for planting deciduous trees. For example, tone-on-tone plantings with the dark red blooming varieties of the Great Star Thorn such as 'Claret' or 'Haspen Blood' are particularly beautiful combined with other red-flowered or red-leaved shrubs, such as Purple Bell (Heuchera) or Angelica (Angelica). But also with grasses like the Schmiele (Deschampsia) beautiful combinations with natural charm result.


Star umbels thrive best in a soil rich in humus and nutrients. If the soil at your desired planting site is too thin, you should enrich it with some compost before planting

To cut

To prevent self-sowing, you should cut off the withered inflorescences of the Great Star Thorns directly. Because this tends to unfold unhindered in an optimal location


Above all, the varieties of the star-umbels should be propagated instead of over seeds by division in order to preserve the characteristics of the variety. This happens best in spring or after flowering in late summer to fall.

Further care tips

Star-colored umbels prefer a slightly moist soil. If the perennial is planted in a sunny spot, it should be watered regularly.


In autumn, the fresh seeds of the star thumbed can be sown. However, they do not come to germination until next spring, because they need a cold stimulation before. The perennials can also be shared.

Diseases and pests

Star umbels are less susceptible to diseases and pests, but are occasionally attacked by miner moths or get leaf spots due to fungal attack. Slug feeding is usually not a problem.

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