Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ - White False Valerian

Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ - White False Valerian

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Also known as Jupiter’s Beard, this is an old-fashioned semi-woody perennial cut flower. Plants form an upright, bushy mound of grey green foliage, bearing rounded heads of fragrant, rosy-red, deep pink or white flowers over many weeks (late spring until autumn). Removing faded flowers will encourage plants to form buds all summer long. Good choice for hot, dry sites, this will even thrive in rock walls and is frost hardy to -10C however it struggles in humid areas.  A short-lived perennial, but usually self-seeds. If grown in rich soil it may need to be staked. Attractive to butterflies. Grows to a height of 60cm by 40cm wide. Prefers full sun to part shade and well drained soil.  

 

Excellent cut flower.