Common Name: Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard

Once valued as a cut flower, Centranthus went out of style for a while, but is back in full force once again as people realize how easy it is to grow. A foolproof perennial, this is a good choice for beginners.  Centranthus is an exceptionally long-blooming perennial that will grow in dry, limey soils. Fragrant, tiny carmine-rose florets cluster together to form dense, showy heads which are held above the gray-green, upright, bushy masses of foliage. This show goes on from early to late summer in most regions, except in cooler regions where the bloom period may be extended to early fall.  Centranthus is especially attractive when grown in sunny, naturalized areas, in the crevices of stone walls, or in cottage gardens. It is a favorite of butterflies. Though it is sometimes short-lived in the south, it will reseed. Centranthus is rarely bothered by insects and makes a long-lasting cut flower.


24.0-36.0 Inches


24.0-36.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones:


Flower Color:

Red shades

Foliage Color:

Green shades


Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:

Low Water Needs

Soil Quality:

Poor Soil Quality

Average Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:

Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)


Early Summer - Late Summer

Attracts Wings:

Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistant:

Deer Resistant

Growth Rate:


Garden Style:

Patio Container


Other Features:

Border Plant


Cut Flower

Fragrant Flowers

Fragrant Foliage

Mass Planting

Jupiter's Beard #1


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