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masterwort

(ˈmɑːstəˌwɜːt)
n
(Plants) any of several herbs of the family Umbelliferae which were formerly used in medicine, esp Peucedanum ostruthium
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Noun1.masterwort - any plant of the genus Astrantia
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Astrantia - a genus of Eurasian herbs of the family Umbelliferae with aromatic roots and palmate leaves and showy flowers
Astrantia major, greater masterwort - European herb with aromatic roots and leaves in a basal tuft and showy compound umbels of white to rosy flowers
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What does it do: During the Hundred Years War between England and France Swiss troops carried phials of Masterwort juice that they named Magistrantian and applied it to all open wounds.
Masterwort (Astrantia major) is another beautiful but underused perennial in the carrot family that thrives in partial shade.
They've stood the test of time, having been cultivated in Britain since the 16th century, and have been fondly labelled with names such as Hattie's pincushion, great masterwort and melancholy gentlemen.