Centranthus ruber

Jupiter's Beard Red Valerian
Jupiter's Beard Red Valerian
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Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Herbaceous

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 15-18″

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

Red

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Clumping

Sunset Garden Zones

H1, 2-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

5A-8B

Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian or Jupiter’s Beard) is a well-branched bushy clump-forming woody-based perennial which is valued for its ability to produce showy blooms in poor soils in spring through late summer. Blooming can be very sporadic. Small star-shaped red flowers appear in dense terminal clusters atop upright to relaxed stems rising above the foliage to 3′ tall. The flowers are fragrant. If not deadheaded the flowers give way to dandelion-like seed heads which are dispersed around the landscape by wind. Has gray-green oval to lance-shaped leaves up to 4 long. Native to the Mediterranean has naturalized in certain parts of the United States particularly along the West Coast. Full sun to part shade.”

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