Centranthus ruber RED VALERIAN –
(also known as Jupiter’s beard, Kiss-Me-Quick, Spanish valerian, Fox’s brush, Devil’s beard and the list goes on…… but what it is not is Valerian!!)
Old time fragrant favourite
Centranthus ruber RED VALERIAN is such an old time favourite because rich red flower heads are produced non-stop, right through spring summer and into autumn.
Plus they are so sweetly perfumed with a honey like scent.
But best of all, it is iron tough, almost qualifying as “unkillable”, even in the toughest conditions.
Soft, blue green foliage is the perfect colour foil for the intensely red flower heads.
Sweet cut flower
Red Valerian makes a lovely cut flower. The sweet fragrance is a big asset in the house. It also lasts for ages in a vase.
Thrives on neglect
Frost and dry hardy. Enjoys full sun to light shade in well drained soil. Yet not fussy on soil type.
But it is a real water saving plant, being so very hot and dry hardy.
Just dead-head to keep those blooms coming all through the seasons.
Centranthus ruber RED VALERIAN is an evergreen, bushy perennial, but do not be deceived. It is not the true Valerian for medicinal use, just a little confusion with a mistaken common name.
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, and can also tolerate Partial Shade.
– Soil: Well drained, very adaptive as long as it isn’t too wet. Very tolerant of dry conditions.
– Fragrance: Flowers have a lovely sweet honey like scent.
– Frost: Very frost hardy.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial. Will also self seed.
– Beneficial to wildlife: A magnet for attracting bees and other beneficial insects to the garden. And so reliably useful to them because of the long, continuous blooming.
– Care: Dead heading to promote new fresh blooms and growth is the only work required (if at all – only if you wish – it wont care if you dont).
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Valued as a good rabbit and deer resistant plant.
– Origin: Native to the Mediterranean region.