A hardy, herbaceous perennial.This is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty too, being deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, reliably moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated. Height: 90cm. Spread 30cm. Flowering Period: June – August. Plant likes full sun to partial shade in moist fertile soil.