Astrantia is a genus of about 10 species of herbaceous perennials in the family Apiaceae, native to Europe and Asia. Astrantias produce long, wiry stems and compact clusters of star-like flowers with an interesting and beautiful shape. Each flower is actually a small umbel composed of numerous tiny flowers, surrounded by petal-like bracts. They bloom in spring and summer in shades of white, pink, purple and red, attracting butterflies and other garden visitors.
Meaning: The genus name comes from the Latin word “aster”, which means “star”, in reference to the shape of the flower bracts. Masterwort is a common name for several plants in the family Apiaceae, but usually refers to the genus Astrantia. The common name Masterwort is derived from the medieval Latin word “magistrantia”, which came from the Latin word “magister” meaning “master” or “teacher”. That name came from the belief that the plant belongs to god (master).
Symbolism: Astrantia symbolizes protection, strength and courage.