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Starlings: varieties and care tips

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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.

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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 excellently in partial shade and can therefore be easily planted under various trees.

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  • 1 Beekeepers love the starlings
  • 2 8 varieties of starlings presented
    • 2.1 ❍ Great Astridia major
    • 2.2 ❍ 'Venice'® (Astrantia major' Venice'®)
    • 2.3 ❍ Ruby wedding (Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding')
    • 2.4 ❍ Starwort 'Rosea' (Astrantia maxima 'Rosea')
    • 2.5 ❍ Great Starwort 'Roma'® (Astrantia major' Roma'®)
    • 2.6 ❍ 'Rubra' (Astrantia major 'Rubra')
    • 2.7 ❍ 'Moulin Rouge'® (Astrantia major' Moulin Rouge'®)
    • 2.8 ❍ Great Starwort 'Lars' (Astrantia major 'Lars')
  • 3 care tips for the wise men
  • 4 You may also be interested in this

Beekeepers love the starlings

The starwort 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 sterling birds presented

A basic distinction is made between the large umbel, which can grow to a height of up to 80 centimeters, and the small umbel, which only rises 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 additionally surrounded by a wreath of bracts. These varieties look particularly beautiful:

Ster Great Starwort (Astrantia major)

Suitable as a cut flower © C.Razy / stock.adobe.com
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 © Luoxi / stock.adobe.com
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 © skymoon13 / stock.adobe.com
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 until October © bonilook / stock.adobe.com
Great Starwort 'Roma'® (Astrantia major' Roma'®)
Flower color:strong 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 | © Татьяна Шалашова / stock.adobe.com
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 © gratysanna / stock.adobe.com
Starwort '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 starwort 'Moulin Rouge'® shine in bright red and grow up to 10 cm in size.

❍ Great star gold 'Lars' (Astrantia major 'Lars')

Faded cones should be removed regularly © gratysanna / stock.adobe.com
'Golden star' (Astrantia major '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 starwort 'Moulin Rouge'® shine in bright red and grow up to 10 cm in size.

Care tips for the wolf

In principle, the umbel 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 can range from May to October, depending on the variety, the starlings multiply by self-sowing. You can also multiply them by division. Simply take a branch of the perennial and plant it again at another location. (Reading tip: propagating plants - 4 techniques)

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