Scientific Name: Centranthus ruber
Common Name: red valerian, Jupiter's beard
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Origin: Africa, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Pyramidal - narrowly
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Attract butterflies, Cut flower or foliage, Perennial border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Sessile, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Elliptic, Entire
Flowers: Thyrse, White, May-Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep
Fruit: Achene, Silver, Oct-Nov
Key ID Features:
Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate-lanceolate, most 6-10cm long x 2-3cm wide, gray-green; florets 14-18mm wide, in panicle-like clusters above foliage; achenes 3-4mm long with long feathery pappus.