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Valerian, Centranthus ruber, is a pretty plant that produces bright pink-red, fragrant flowers from late-spring to late-summer, but it also produces masses of seed that germinates all over the garden. Butterflies love it, so if you want to encourage
I actually grey this deliberately for the butterflies, of which there are, sadly, too few. My personal view is that anything that encourages bees or butterflies should not be thought of as a weed unless its really horrid, thick Japanese knotweedish sort of things. I'd be interest...
Yesterday I discovered cuckoo spit on my red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It's considered a pest by many gardeners, but, for me, it's a symbol of great achievement: I've successfully converted a barren, paved courtyard into a lush, green (albeit
This does not make sense, if you want to be bee friendly just pull it out by hand or chop it down? Sometimes buddleia and valerian grow out of walls, so it's very difficult to eradicate them by hand.
I wonder if you can help me identify a self seeded plant which is growing near my bird feeder . It has heart shaped smooth edged leaves with pinkish white mutiple small headed flowers. It grows to around 2ft. and looks abit like valerian but is n