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Centranthus ruber

Red valerian

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Rose

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Suzie Gibbons, copyright GAP Photos (239427)

Plant details

The deep green foliage and 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 in a border, such as lime-loving gypsophila, pinks and scabious. The plants are also 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: Rose

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: July to October


Reader reviews


Laurum

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.


kimrosefreak

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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