Grandes Astrances (Astrantia major), classics of English and priest’s gardens, very much in vogue with landscape gardeners for prairie-style gardens, are precious for their wild yet sophisticated appearance.

Yet they remain largely unknown to the amateur gardener, for whom Astrance is more akin to a (very good) Parisian restaurant.

Astrances are one of the most beautiful perennials for mid-shade: they bloom for a long time, all summer long, in magnificent pink, white or red star-shaped umbels, depending on the variety.

This sturdy mountain plant, found on forest edges and alpine meadows, often takes a year to really get going, but then produces a large clump of dozens of flowering stems continuously from June to September. It really only fears summer drought.

Astrance is very versatile in the garden.  It goes well with… almost anything, including perennials and roses. It makes beautiful country-style bouquets.

Pink is a color that works perfectly with warm tones such as yellow or orange. Pink is a chromatic field of white-washed reds. The term pink can be defined by adjectives such as pale or intense.

A blend of red and white, it’s the passion of red softened with the purity and openness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy.

Pink is synonymous with tenderness, softness and happiness. It’s the color of romance, femininity and compassion. It’s also associated with childhood.

Finding the ideal location for your Herbarium will be child’s play.

At its simplest, look for strong light exposure to make the surrounding liquid glow, on dark furniture to bring out the magnificent hues of the leaves.

Sublimate your interior with soothing, natural and luminous atmospheres, for a decoration that reflects your personality.

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Plant informations

Astrance is native to the mountains of Europe. It is frequently found in its natural state on forest edges, in semi-shaded meadows and in lightly shaded undergrowth.

It is sometimes found at the water’s edge when the soil is sufficiently drained; it prefers a fairly shady situation, with morning or end-of-day sun, in rich, fairly cool soil that does not dry out in summer, but which is well drained, as it does not appreciate having its feet permanently in water.


A member of the Apiaceae family, or Umbelliferae, Astrance is a cousin of carrots, Angelica and parsley, and of certain thistles such as Eryngiums, with which it shares the umbel shape of its flowers.

The flowers are generally pink or white, tinged with aniseed green or grey on certain varieties. Some varieties are reddish-purple (‘Hadspen Blood’, ‘Moulin Rouge’), and many bear crystal-clear shades of color.

Weightlessly immersed in its preservative liquid and presented in an elegant bottle, it invites you to contemplate and let go, for serenity and peace.

Decorative tips

A practical and inexpensive way to decorate your home!

In India, deep pink, the color of Ganesh, the Hindu god, is associated with wisdom. It’s a color that does a lot of good, and opens the door to greater gentleness with oneself and others.

Used in chromotherapy, it helps to soothe emotional wounds and develop self-love. It invites us to let go of the quest for perfection and accept ourselves with kindness.

Linked to the heart area, it helps nurture compassion and love, and makes it easier to express our feelings.

Adding pink to your life is an invitation to change the way you look at loving yourself and others.

Pure, soothing, natural and innovative, these herbariums in flasks are equally at home in the kitchen, on a shelf, in the living room, in the bedroom or even in the bathroom…

With no need for direct sunlight or maintenance, l’Herbarium de Théophile adds a touch of greenery and softness to your home decor.

Enhanced by the light of a lamp, mirror or other decorative object, these bottled plants fit in anywhere, whatever the room and style of your decor. The bottles can be mixed and matched as you wish.


If you don’t like gardening, or just don’t have the time for it, l’Herbarium de Théophile is the solution!

No roots, watering, repotting, flowering, potting soil or fertilizers – just relax and enjoy this natural interlude in your home.

Thanks to the transparency of the glass, and its “magnifying glass” effect, you can contemplate the smallest details, berries, peduncles, flowers and leaves. These Herbariums are a new way of enjoying plants at home.

The beauty of this product also lies in the fact that each plant is different and unique. Les Herbariums de Théophile make original gift ideas for lovers of nature and clean design.

If you take the right precautions, they can be enjoyed and appreciated for a long time, without any maintenance.

Dimensions of existing bottle plants

We offer 5 different formats for these purple Eucalyptus Herbariums:

  • Glass apothecary bottle, cylindrical, 3.38 fl.oz with wooden cap: height 12 cm x diameter 4.7 cm.
  • Timeless rectangular 3.38 fl.oz glass bottle with wooden cap: height 17 cm x length 5.8 cm x width 2.6 cm. Warning: Antique apothecary bottle. May have imperfections on the glass.
  • Glass apothecary bottle, cylindrical, 11.83 fl.oz with wooden cap: 21cm high x 6 cm diameter.
  • Glass apothecary bottle, cylindrical, 16.90 fl.oz with wooden cap: height 23 cm x diameter 6.8 cm.
  • Timeless rectangular 16.90 fl.oz glass bottle with wooden cap: height 26 cm x length 9.2 cm x width 4 cm.

Precautions & conditions of use

Natural, not artificial plants.

Please observe the precautions and conditions of use to optimize the shelf life of these natural plants.

Like nature, each plant is unique. Natural items are all different and may contain irregularities.

Do not shake the bottle, as plants remain fragile. Each plant is different, and each model is unique: size, color and shape may vary.

Keep away from heat and UV rays.
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may cause discoloration. Do not heat or freeze. Temperature changes may damage contents.

Do not open the bottle. If the liquid comes into contact with your skin, wash thoroughly with soap. The liquid is not harmful to the human body.

Do not drink liquid. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
In case of medical advice, keep label available and quote UFI number: M7Q0-E01V-800G-G59Y.

The "second life" Herbariums

In order to up-cycle and give a second life to certain plants, we have the opportunity to work with nurseries offering unsold stock.

These anti-waste Herbariums are then offered periodically, announced to our Newsletter subscribers, and marked with the appellation “second life” when sold at lower cost.

So don’t hesitate to sign up for our Newsletter to benefit from special offers, good deals and keep up to date with our latest news!


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L’Herbarium de Théophile – Immersed Pink 176C Astrance – Bottle plant

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WELL-BEING (n.m.): Pleasant state resulting from satisfaction of the body’s needs and calmness of mind.
Synonyms: happiness, bliss, tranquility.

Beyond aesthetics, it’s the quest for calm and harmony that has prompted the Théophile Berthon brand to bring you its new collection of unique, natural bottled plants: L’Herbarium de Théophile.

The reflection of our emotions and our psychological well-being play a vital role in our health and therefore our beauty. Indeed, well-being is not limited to body care, but also depends on our state of mind.


Contemplate with serenity, let go and let your emotions speak for themselves…

For an inspiring and original interior design, collect our natural plants preserved in their apothecary bottles.

These little bits of nature captured in a delightful vial are also a truly unique gift to give to people you care about, who are fans of well-being, plants and minimalist design.

Each plant is carefully selected and hand-inserted into its vial. Different formats and plant species are available.

These unique models, made in our workshops in the South of France, are inspired by traditional herbarium methods.

Thanks to our preservative liquid in which the top-quality plants are then immersed, these plants have a long-lasting, maintenance-free shelf life.

L’Herbarium de Théophile – Immersed Pink 176C Astrance – Bottle plant
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