Red Valerian

Centranthus ruber

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber

Common Name: Red Valerian
Genus: Centranthus
Species: ruber

The Greek translation of Centranthus refers to the spur-like shape of the base of the flower.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: May to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This perennial has a very long flowering period, blooming from early summer until late autumn. The small, funnel-shaped, fragrant flowers are produced in large clusters, they are usually dark red but can also be pink or white. The leaves of Centranthus ruber are bluish-green in colour and lance-shaped. This plant would be a good choice for a wildlife garden because it attracts bees, butterflies and other insects. Centranthus ruber self-seeds prolifically.


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