Astrantia major is a clump-forming perennial with pincushion-type flowers in summer. The flowers may be pink, white, or greeny-white, with stems reaching 60cm high. They make excellent cut flowers, lasting for some time in the vase.
Astrantias prefer areas where the nights are cool, so they may not grow so well in warmer spots. You don’t usually find seeds either, because they are difficult to start. Buy plants from your local garden centre or online nurseries and plant in a partially shaded spot. Soil should be reasonably moist (not wet) with plenty of humus. Dig in a good helping of compost before planting.
Flowering will be better in its second year.