Sweden wildflowers: Great masterwort

Astrantia major, SE: Stjärnflocka, DE: Große Sterndolde,
NL: Groot sterrenscherm, UK: Great masterwort

Scientific name:  Astrantia major L.
Swedish name:  Stjärnflocka
German name:  Große Sterndolde
Nederlandse naam:  Groot sterrenscherm, Zeeuws knoopje
English name:  Great masterwort
Family:  Apiaceae / Umbelliferae, Parsley or Carrot family, Flockblommiga växter

Sweden Flowers, Astrantia major, Stjärnflocka, Große Sterndolde, Groot sterrenscherm, Great masterwort

Life form:  Perennial herb
Stems:  Height 30-90 cm, width 30-60cm, erect, usually branched at the top
Leaves:  Alternate, palmately lobed with dentate margins and palmate venation
Flowers:  Numerous floral bracts (10 - 20), 10–18 millimetres long, reddish (sometimes white) with acuminate apex. The small flowers are greenish-white with reddish shades. The central ones are hermaphrodite, while the external ones are male. The petals are five, white (or slightly reddened), while the stamens are five and much longer. Size of the flowers: about 1 mm.
Flowering Period:  June -August
Fruits:  Achenes
Habitat:  Disturbed areas, Urban areas
Distribution:  Astrantia is a cultivated species that rarely can be found feral

Astrantia major, Stjärnflocka, Große Sterndolde, Groot sterrenscherm, Great masterwort


Derivation of the botanical name:
Astrantia, Greek astron, star and antios, against.
major, bigger
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Flowers in Sweden, Wildflowers, Nature



Astrantia major, Stjärnflocka, Große Sterndolde, Groot sterrenscherm, Great masterwort