Centranthus ruber var. coccineus

Centranthus ruber var. coccineus

Red valerian

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Centranthus ruber var. coccineus
  • Common name: Red valerian
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 1m

Spread: 1m

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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. 

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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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