Centranthus ruber - Red Valerian Description
Few perennials share the bright, smile-inducing color of Centranthus ruber. Long a garden favorite in Europe, this charming plant goes by a slew of delightful common names: Jupiter’s beard, kiss-me-quick, fox’s brush. You could also call it red valerian, but whatever you call it, you can count on this sun-lover to provide you with bright pink-red flowers – actually “cerise” is probably a good description – in early summer. An excellent cut flower, it will rebloom if deadheaded, particularly in cooler summers. This hardy perennial thrives in poor dry soils, so give it your worst and watch it do its stuff. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!
Special features: deer resistant, rabbit resistant, easy to grow, poor soil, attracts butterflies.
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- Common name:
Red valerian, Jupiter's beard
- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade
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- Height x width:
1.5-3' x 1- 2'
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- Bloom season:
Early summer - Fall
- Uses:Accent, Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Naturalizing, Specimen, Wildflower
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Thrives in poor, dry soils; alkaline soils are fine.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: After establishment, water occasionally during the hot season.
Spacing: 18-24 inches
Fertilizing: Fertilize in spring if desired; it is not necessary for a good performance from this durable perennial.
Maintenance & pruning: Deadheading - removing the flowers after they fade - prolongs the bloom on this plant.
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