Centranthus ruber Albus
White Flowered Jupiter's Beard
Details24-30" x 24-30" wide. The white flowering form of Jupiter's Beard is a great companion plant with its summer-long display of white flower clusters. Centranthus ruber Albus is a tough xeric plant, this European wildflower is easily grown if not pampered. Too much water and rich soil is not appreciated. Deadhead when blooming is done to reduce reseeding and stimulate re-flowering. Not for sale to OR and WA.
|Common Name||White Flowered Jupiter's Beard|
|Botanical Name||Centranthus ruber Albus|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||24-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||24-30" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to late summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Erosion Control, Multiplies / Naturalizes|
|Additional Information||Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR, where it can behave aggressively.|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Centranthus ruber (Jupiter's Beard) is a long-blooming European wildflower that is easy-to-grow and provides ample nectar for butterflies.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Centranthus grows well in a wide range of soil types, including clay.
- It can be mulched in dry climates with a variety of mulch types, including gravel in waterwise landscapes (xeriscapes).
- After the second growing seasons, it only requires deep but infrequent watering. Take care not to overwater established plants.
- Plant in full or part sun conditions. (Plants can become floppy if planted in part shade and watered too much.)
- Adding just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix to the planting hole is enough. This plant doesn't like a rich, highly-amended soil.
- Centranthus is a willing re-seeder and can become a bit weedy in a moist garden. Deadheading after the late spring/early summer flush of flowers will reduce unwanted seedlings.
- Fertilize Centranthus just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
- In moister climates, cut back the stems to a height of 2-3" inches in late fall to prevent rotting of stems and foliage.
- In dry western regions, wait until mid-spring to cut them back.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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