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Centranthus ruber var. coccineus

Red valerian

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (40731)

Plant details

The blue-green foliage and deep red flowers of centranthus combine to perfection 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 - especially lime-loving gypsophila, pinks and scabious - in a border. The plants are very attractive to bees, several different kinds of butterfly, and other pollinating insects.

Family: Valerianaceae

Genus: Centranthus

Species: ruber

Cultivar: var. coccineus

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to April


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