Centranthus ruber
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Centranthus ruber

Centranthus ruber

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Common Name: Jupiter's Beard
Hardiness Zone: 5-7S/10W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jun-Aug
Mature Height: 36" Spacing: 12"
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Fragrance: Yes
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Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) features showy clusters of tiny salmon-rose flowers that appear along 3″ stems. Pretty and rugged, this Mediterranean native blooms for what seems like forever—from late spring to August here—and its gray-green leaves contrast nicely with deeper greens in the border. Butterflies like it, too.

The 12 species in the genus Centranthus come from areas in Europe with dry, alkaline soil. However, Centranthus ruber thrives in well-drained, slightly acid soil also and, where happy, will self-sow with abandon.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Jupiter's Beard is a prolific bloomer! I live in zone 5 and have had this plant for 5+ years now. It starts blooming in June and keeps going through September. I have it in full sun but the stalks sometimes flop slightly so I put a hoop (with grid) over it in the spring to keep things tidy. I cut it down to the ground in the fall. Over the years, it does spread but not to point of being invasive.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: sen-tran'-thus

Grow in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Native to areas with alkaline soil but also grows well in slightly acid soil. Drought tolerant. If conditions are to their liking, plants self-sow with abandon.

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