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Centranthus ruber 'Albus' (Red Valerian)

Red Valerian 'Albus', Spanish Valerian 'Albus', Spur Valerian 'Albus', Jupiter's Beard 'Albus', Kiss-me-quick 'Albus', Pretty Betsy 'Albus', Fox's Brush 'Albus', German Lilac 'Albus', Centranthus alba, Valeriana 'Alba'


Centranthus Ruber 'Albus' (Red Valerian) is a popular upright perennial grown for its showy sprays of airy, rounded clusters of white flowers. Rising atop a bushy foliage of blue-green, lance-shaped leaves, the sweetly-perfumed flowers enjoy one of the longest blooming seasons, from early summer to fall. Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free and free-flowering, this border beauty attracts butterflies.

  • Clump-forming and woody-based, Red Valerian grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and spreads 18-24 in. (45-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun (light shade tolerated), in average or sandy, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Thrives in poor soils. Doesn't appreciate hot and humid summers. Drought tolerant!
  • Attracts birds and butterflies, but is ignored by deer.
  • A perfect border plant, it is a spectacular addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or naturalized areas. Excellent for planting in stone walls.
  • Spent flower stems should be removed to encourage further blooms and prevent seeds from forming. Freely self-seeds in satisfactory growing conditions to the point of becoming weedy.
  • Propagate by seed sown in spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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