Masterwort has a long flowering season, thanks to the long-lasting bracts that surround each umbel of flowers. Add to this the attractive foliage and they make popular herbaceous perennials. Bract colours range from deep red, through pink, to white and green.
10 species exist in the wild, growing in moist meadows and woodland from Europe to Asia, although only half of these are found in gardens.
All varieties are best in fertile, humus-rich soil, in sun or part-shade. They are ideal for naturalistic planting schemes or the mixed border.