Centranthus- Valerian

A beautiful, undemanding hardy perennial, related to the wild valerian.

Situation:

Excellent for producing colour combinations with other perennials or with shrubs. Plant in full sun.

Soil:

The red valerian prefers porous, calcereous soil which does not become too damp in winter.

Propagation:

The plants are self-sowing, which is not always a desirable feature. They are also easily increased by division.

Centrantbus ruber, red valerian: Height 80 cm, flowers from late spring onwards, sometimes until well on in the summer. The flowers are pale red; deep red in the more beautiful cultivar ‘Coccineus’. Self-sown plants unfortunately revert to pale red. The white form ‘Albiflorus’ is also very attractive; very suitable for white gardens and in colour combinations, eg with the cultivar ‘Coccineus’.

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