An incredible ever blooming Astrantia, with brilliant 2-inch blooms.The bloom strength of this new Dutch Astrantia is nothing short of incredible!
Over many weeks in late spring and early summer, it sets hundreds of brilliant ruby red flowers on long, wiry stems, indifferent to the weather and so numerous you can pick a giant bouquet without making a dent in the look of the plant. Far and away the most floriferous Astrantia ever grown,
Venice is a powerhouse that must be grown to be believed. When mature, a single plant (just 22 inches high and about 13 inches wide) yields more than 600 blooms a season. It seems impossible, we know , yet wait until you see this ever bloomer continuously setting new buds. Each flowering stem bears about 80 blooms, and when you consider that there are at least 8 flowering stems per plant, the numbers add up pretty quickly. Butterflies adore these blooms, of course, and the handsome green foliage completely vanishes beneath the radiant canopy of color at the height of bloom season. Each flower is about 2 inches wide, with a skirt of long, slender, pointed petals beneath a large fuzzy pompon of ruby red to burgundy, flecked with white to cream.
The blooms are long-lasting both fresh and dried , in fact, with their intensity of color, they are one of the best Everlastings. Venice was developed in Holland, and like all Astrantia, it is very easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, it tolerates heat, humidity, rain, wind, and even drought. You never need pamper this workhorse, though it does flower best in well-enriched soil. An absolute necessity for the cutting garden, it is also compact enough to dot throughout the sunny perennial garden for tremendous late spring and early summer color!
Upright and neat, Venice is a good choice for containers as well.