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Centranthus ruber , Red Valerian

Centranthus ruber

Red Valerian
Family: Valerianaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The plant flowers profusely, and though the individual flowers are small, the inflorescences are large and showy.

Although it is sometimes reported to have medicinal properties, there is no basis for this view, which is almost certainly due to confusion with true Valerian.

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