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Centranthus ruber/Valerian

Centranthus ruber / Centranthus ruber
Plant with white inflorescence
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Plant with white inflorescence

Close-up of a white flowered inflorescence

A pink inflorescence

Two of the three colors of flowers this species produces

Red abd pink flower heads

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Scientific Name: Centranthus ruber
Common Name: Valerian
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White, Pink
Light Exposure: Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Found growing in the wild in rocky places, mostly in the western part of the United States and in Hawaii. I will grow in the central and eastern part of the country, but is not a recommended garden plant, it is considered a weed by some who say that it is an invasive plant. Leaves have been reported to be used in salads and the boiled roots in soups. This species produces flowers that are either red, pink or white.