Centranthus ruber var. coccineus (Red False Valerian)

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Plant Overview

The red form of False Valerian. Not technically native to the UK, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is since it has naturalised widely across the country. Originally from the Mediterarian region, it came to Britain with the Romans and was known to the Anglo-Saxons as Setewall. 

It will grow in any well-drained soil. A drought tolerant and bulletproof plant.

Flowers all summer and is absolutely loved by bees and other pollinators. Will self-seed.

Also available in white.

Height and spread: 60cm x 30cm

Common names: False Valerian; Pretty Betsy; Drunkan Sailor; Bouncing Bess; Jupiter's Beard; Setewall.






Photo: Dick Culbert from Gibsons, B.C., Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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