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Centranthus ruber (Red valerian)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Centranthus ruber

Other names

Red valerian, Spanish valerian, Spur valerian, Jupiter's beard, Kiss-me-quick, Pretty betsy, Fox's brush, German lilac

Genus

Centranthus Centranthus

Species

C. ruber - C. ruber has grey-green leaves and clusters of red, pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers.


Centranthus ruber is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Pink, White, Red in Spring; White, Red, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Cut stems in autumn or if self-seeding becomes a problem then cut back hard in July after the first flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Centranthus ruber (Red valerian) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in a well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil (ideally a chalky or stony soil). Needs full sun to flower well.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Centranthus ruber

Other names

Red valerian, Spanish valerian, Spur valerian, Jupiter's beard, Kiss-me-quick, Pretty betsy, Fox's brush, German lilac

Genus

Centranthus Centranthus

Species

C. ruber - C. ruber has grey-green leaves and clusters of red, pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Pink, White, Red in Spring; White, Red, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Cut stems in autumn or if self-seeding becomes a problem then cut back hard in July after the first flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Centranthus ruber (Red valerian) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in a well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil (ideally a chalky or stony soil). Needs full sun to flower well.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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