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Commonly known as Bouncing Bess, Drunken sailor, Red 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.
Additional Features - Medicinal properties -
Wildlife - Bee friendly -