CENTRANTHUS

Commonly known as Valerian

 A common, introduced perennial, evocative of old cottage gardens. It is found on dry banks, cliffs and old walls as it can tolerate the lime in mortar.

Genus of 8-12 annuals and perennials from dry, sunny slopes in southern Europe, the Mediterranean, northwestern Africa and southwestern Asia.

C. ruber is the only species in common cultivation and comes in white and shades from pale rose-pink to dark crimson.

Very beneficial to insects but if bruised or damaged releases a rank odour.

Further Reading....
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
    Annuals, perennials and some subshrubs. Erect, branched stems, funnel-shaped red or white flowers.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    At its best on old walls or stony banks. Wildlife plant - bees, butterflies, moths, insects. Deadhead to prolong flowering.
    Medicinal properties
    Often confused with Valeriana officinalis (common valerian), the medicinal native.
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    Southern Europe, Mediterranean, northwest Africa, southwest Asia. Naturalised in UK.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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Buy Varieties of CENTRANTHUS

CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Albus'

CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Albus'

Bouncing Bess, Drunken sailor, Red valerian

white form

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Coccineus'

CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Coccineus'

Bouncing Bess, Drunken sailor, Red valerian

red flowering form of this attractive plant which readily naturalises itself in banks and hedgerows in coastal areas

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.

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