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Starlings: varieties and care tips


If you like eye-catchers in the garden, you should plant the starlings there. You can read here which varieties are particularly beautiful and how the starwort is cared for.

The Sterndolde (Astrantia) is an absolutely elegant flower perennial, whose impressive, long-lasting flowers make many a gardener's heart beat faster. The Astrantia thrives in partial shade and can therefore be easily planted even with different trees.

Beekeepers love the starlings

The starling thrives best on moist soils. In sunnier locations, it must therefore be watered regularly. Bees also like to visit the sterling umbels. One reason why many beekeepers welcome the cultivation of this plant. (Reading tip: bees in the garden - 4 tips on how to attract them)

However, caring for this plant is much more important than cultivation, because only if it is optimal can you enjoy the beauty of the starlings. We would therefore like to give you a few tips for the care of the steroids. But before we do that, here are some of the most beautiful varieties presented.

8 varieties of the umbel presented

A basic distinction is made between the large star cones, which can grow to a height of up to 80 centimeters, and the small star cones, which only rise up to around 40 centimeters. Whereby on a single stalk of a star umbels several flowers develop at the same time, which in turn have many small individual flowers. A complete umbel is also surrounded by a wreath of bracts. These varieties look particularly beautiful:

Ster Great Starwort (Astrantia major)

Suitable as a cut flower
Great Starwort (Astrantia major)
Flower color:whitish
Bloom:June August
Height:50-60 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:well-drained, nutritious
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Large Starwort - also called Starwort Major, with white to pink flowers, beautiful shade perennial

Ol Starwort 'Venice'® (Astrantia major' Venice'®)

Shows a beautiful night bloom in autumn howardm993
Starlings 'Venice'® (Astrantia major' Venice'®)
Flower color:Ruby red
Bloom:June July
Height:50-60 cm
Spread:35 - 40 cm
Location:penumbra
Ground:well-drained, rich in humus and nutrients, loamy-sandy
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This variety is particularly bee-friendly, easy to care for and robust - indispensable as a floral decoration.

Ol Ruby wedding (Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding')

Bushy habit, easy to care for and frost hardy
Ruby wedding (Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding')
Flower color:dark red
Bloom:June August
Height:40 - 50 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Location:penumbra
Ground:fresh to moist, well-drained, rich in humus and nutrients
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Early flowering variety, suitable as a bedding plant and for planting under trees.

Ol Starwort 'Rosea' (Astrantia maxima 'Rosea')

Can grow up to 100 cm high
Goldfinch 'Rosea' (Astrantia maxima 'Rosea')
Flower color:white to pink
Bloom:May - August
Height:70 - 100 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:loamy sandy, humus and nutrient rich
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Upright, clumpy growth. The outer leaves of the flowers are typically star-shaped.

❍ Great Starwort 'Roma'® (Astrantia major' Roma'®)

After pruning, this variety blooms into October
Great Starwort 'Roma'® (Astrantia major' Roma'®)
Flower color:intense old pink, silvery
Bloom:June - October
Height:40 - 70 cm
Spread:20 - 45 cm
Location:penumbra
Ground:moist, well-drained, rich in humus and nutrients
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The Great Starwort 'Roma'® is resistant to snails and shows a lush night bloom.

Ster Great Starwort 'Rubra' (Astrantia major 'Rubra')

A dream in pink |
Great Starwort 'Rubra' (Astrantia major 'Rubra')
Flower color:pink to red
Bloom:June August
Height:40 - 50 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Location:penumbra
Ground:permeable, high humus and nutrient requirements
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The starling 'Rubra' prefers fresh soil and should be cut back in autumn.

❍ 'Moulin Rouge'® (Astrantia major' Moulin Rouge'®)

A particularly popular variety because of the lush floral pile
Starlings 'Moulin Rouge'® (Astrantia major' Moulin Rouge'®)
Flower color:purple
Bloom:June July
Height:40 - 50 cm
Spread:30 - 40 cm
Location:penumbra
Ground:fresh, well-drained, rich in humus and nutrients
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The flowers of the umbel 'Moulin Rouge'® shine in bright red and grow up to 10 cm tall.

❍ Great Starwort 'Lars' (Astrantia major 'Lars')

Faded cones should be removed regularly
Astridia major 'Lars' (Great Astral 'Lars')
Flower color:purple
Bloom:May - September
Height:50-60 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:nutritious, fresh to moist, permeable
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The flowers of the umbel 'Moulin Rouge'® shine in bright red and grow up to 10 cm tall.

Care tips for the wolf

In principle, the sterling is extremely undemanding, which is why it can often be found in public gardens. For hobby gardeners, here are a few maintenance tips:

  1. Star cones should always be placed in a soil that is as humus-rich as possible and slightly damp. Alternatively, you can also enrich a normal soil accordingly.
  2. In late autumn, you should cut off all of the faded stems.
  3. After flowering, which, depending on the variety, can range from May to October, the starlings multiply by self-sowing. You can also multiply them by division. Simply take an offshoot of the perennial and replant it at another location. (Reading tip: propagating plants - 4 techniques)

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