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Red valerian

Centranthus ruber

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This clump-forming perennial has deep to mid-green leaves and dense clusters of small white, pale rose-pink, or dark crimson flowers in long, slender stems. It blooms from late spring to late summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsExtremely drought tolerant. Self-seeds freely.

CareGrow in well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers alkaline soil.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring. Divide in early spring


  • Genus : Centranthus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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