Pink Masterwort, Highgate, London
Flowerheads - bracts
Flowers with anthers
Flowers with styles
Astrantia, Mountain Sanicle
June to October
It is thinly scattered throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which has been grown in UK gardens in the mid
The escape has been known in the wild since the early 1840s.
It has become naturalised on waste ground, woods, banks and beside
streams, roads and railways.
Pink Masterwort is a perennial herb growing up to 80cm.
Flowerheads are up to 5cm, and have a slightly sickly aroma.
There are pointed, pale, pink to whitish sepal-like bracts which
are bigger than the flowerhead (umbel).
Individual flowers are small. pink to pale greenish-white and either
male or hermaphrodite with male flowers outnumbering the
hermaphrodite, particularly towards the end of the flowering season.
There are 5 stamens and 2 styles.
Leaves are up to 15cm and have between 3 and 7 coarse, serrated
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