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Centranthus ruber var. coccineus

Red valerian

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Centranthus ruber var. coccineus

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

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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