Centranthus ruber is a delightful perennial wildflower, bearing grey-green leaves and dense clusters of crimson, pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers from late spring to autumn. It's incredibly easy to grow and is a magnet for pollinators.
Centranthus ruber var. coccineus is slightly more compact than the species, and has cherry red flowers. It makes an excellent cut flower.
Plants look best grown en masse on banks or when allowed to self-seed in walls and paving, where they create a delightful random, natural effect. A background of stone gives them an ideal setting, or they can be teamed with other cottage garden flowers in a border, such as lime-loving gypsophila, pinks and scabious.
For best results grow Centranthus ruber var. coccineus in well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Blue-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: March to April
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