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Centranthus ruber

For sale by Julie Norfolk

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0.5 litres

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Plant Finder: about Centranthus ruber

Common names

Red valerian, Keys-of-Heaven, Fox's brush, Bouncing Bess, Pretty Betsy, Drunken sailor, Valerian


Centranthus ruber (Red valerian). This is a deciduous annual or perennial stalked clump which is native to the Mediterranean. The leaves are lanceolate to ovate they are pointed and dark green-brown. The long flowering fragrant blooms are white-green and reddish pink; they will make excellent cut flowers.


They are tolerant of drought conditions and will thrive in poor soil. Cut back spent stems to encourage a second bloom period in mild areas.

Interest and use

Walls, border, rock garden, cutting bed, fragrance. Summer/Autumn interest.

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Centranthus ruber | Longnor, Buxton, Staffordshire, SK17 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Longnor, Buxton, Staffordshire, SK17
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