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Red Valerian

Centranthus ruber

Also known as

Jupiter’s Beard, Fox, Fox's Brush, German Lilac, Kiss-Me-Quick, Pretty Betsy, Spanish Valerian, Spur Valerian, Jupiter's-Beard

Centranthus ruber 01 by "pastilletes"/Joan Simon (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Some pink Centranthus ruber flowers on a plant in a garden
Some pink Centranthus ruber flowers on a plant in a garden
A photo of Red Valerian
A photo of Red Valerian

Red Valerian Overview

Centranthus ruber or red valerian is a woody-based perennial species in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. It is sometimes grown as a biennial plant for its attractive and slightly scented pink or white flowers. These form from late spring through to autumn and they are arranged in dense clusters. Foliage is grey-green in colour and pointed oval to lance-shaped. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Red Valerian

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to propagate Red Valerian


    Sow in spring. Readily self-seeds.

    Special features of Red Valerian

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees

    Attracts butterflies


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