VALERIAN, JUPITER’S BEARD

FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae | GENUS: CENTRANTHUS ruber

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Trouble-free plant from the Mediterranean. Self-sows prolifically, thanks to small dandelionlike parachutes on seeds. Forms a bushy clump to 3 feet high and wide, with upright stems bearing 4 inches-long bluish green leaves. Dusty crimson or rose-pink flowers about 12 inches long in dense terminal clusters bloom in late spring, early summer. 'Albus' is white.

Valerian puts on a long, showy display in difficult situations: It grows in poor, dry soil and accepts almost any condition except damp shade. Attracts butterflies. Cut off old flowering stems to shape plant, prolong bloom, and prevent self-seeding.

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