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CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Albus'
Commonly known as Bouncing Bess, Drunken sailor, Red valerian
Height - 1m (3ft)
Spread - 1m (3ft)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - woody based, many-branched perennial. Lance-shaped to oval, fleshy, mid-green/bluish leaves to 8cm (3in) long. Dense cymes of small fragrant flowers 1.5cm (½in) long.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant. Nectar and pollen for insects. Self-seeds freely. Ideal for old walls and stony banks. Long-flowering.
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - southern Europe, northern Africa to Turkey. Naturalised in UK.
Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Scented Plants - Scented flowers
Seasonal Interest - Autumn
Soil Conditions - Neutral to alkaline soil
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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Harrod Horticulture Plant Supports - Plant & Border Supports
Curved border restraints
The border restraints are made from sturdy, solid 6mm galvanised steel wire and powder coated dark olive green, available in a variety of sizes providing strong plant support to stop plants falling across lawns and paths
4 options from £14.50
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Slug killer blue mini pellets are easy to use and give effective control of slugs and snails. Ideal in garden, conservatory or greenhouse.