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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.
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 in well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Rose
Foliage colour: Blue-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: July to October
Self-seeds abundantly, which may be seen as a disadvantage to some. I love it because I can grow it in shallow soil where virtually nothing else will grow, and it attracts the hummingbird hawkmoth and painted lady butterflies.
adore this plant, self seeds freely, flowers throughout the summer, real cottage garden plant going to grow the white one next
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