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Valeriana phu 'Aurea'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (16418)

Plant details

This unusual plant is grown for its mounds of attractive ferny foliage, which is bright gold in spring. As summer progresses it fades to green, but still provides useful foliage detail in a sunny border. Plant between spring or summer flowers to dilute a bright colour scheme or separate strong or clashing colours. It is also a very useful addition to a foliage garden. Plants flower in spring, with tiny white flowers. These are individually insignificant, but make some impact with their branching heads.

Family: Valerianaceae

Genus: Valeriana

Species: phu

Cultivar: Aurea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: September to October

Flowering period: May to July

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