Astrantia minor

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Astrantia minor L.

Apiaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moist

Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Cornidae
Superordo:
Aralianae
Ordo:
Araliales

Astrantia minor is a perennial.

Naming

Astrantia minor was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Astrantia minor is a species in the genus Astrantia which contains approximately 16 to 25 species and belongs to the family of the Apiaceae (Carrot Family). The type species of the genus is Astrantia major.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 15 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

Astrantia minor is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are palmately lobed with dentate margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Astrantia minor produces umbels of white five-stellate flowers from July to August.

The perennials produce achenes.

Root System

Distribution

Astrantia minor is native to France, Switzerland, Italy, the Pyrenees, the southwestern Alps and the northern Apennine Mountains.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be loamy, sandy-loamy, sandy clay or loamy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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