Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1.5-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Red
Russet
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Black Walnut Trees Are Not Your EnemyBlack Walnut Trees Are Not Your Enemy
By foraygardengirl on December 26, 2014

Trees are valuable and beautiful assets to the environment and to any landscape, and black walnut trees are no exception. They are lovely trees that provide delicious and nutritious nuts and one of the most valuable hardwoods. They are allelopathic, however, and many gardeners avoid them or get rid of them.

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Posted by Petal on Aug 25, 2013 11:34 PM

I notice that red Valerian is deer resistant. Do any of the Australian members have experience with it being nonpalatable to kangaroos, or any other plant besides Rosemary that they dislike?

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Posted by KFredenburg (Morgan Hill, CA) on Jun 9, 2020 10:07 AM

Plant red valerian in a perennial border. It is especially valuable for poor, dry locations that will not support other plants. The blossoms are excellent for cutting and add a delightful scent to a bouquet. Blooming May continue until frost.

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