Common: Great Masterwort
Family: Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
General Characteristics: Keep plant dead-headed for a longer bloom period. Well drained but not dry soils. These will generally do well in full sun in the north, but do not like the heat and humidity of the deep south, even in part shade. They are quite capable of coping with bad weather: severe winter cold, long snow-covered periods and the heat, and sometimes dryness, of summer. Excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. Masterwort (sometimes also called great masterwort) is a clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall. Flower is a domed umbel of greenish-white or pink florets supported by a showy ruff of papery, petal-like, greenish or pinkish tinged rosette bracts which extend beyond the flower. Leaves are palmately cut into 3-7 (usually 5) toothed lobes. Leaves appear primarily in basal clumps, with smaller versions on the stems. Bracts usually remain attractive well after bloom.