Centranthus ruber Coccineus

Jupiter's Beard (Red Valerian)

 

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Red Jupiter's Beard is an everblooming Old World wildflower with clusters of tiny dark red flowers held over deep green foliage. A tough, durable plant, it thrives with minimal water and care once established. Great Butterfly plant.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
SKU HBL4AXX

Details

24-36" tall x 30" wide. This is such a versatile plant, being equally at home in both the xeric garden and traditional perennial border. Not fussy about its growing conditions, it has showy rose-red flowers that are continuous from late spring through summer. Prefers a well-drained garden soil. Cut back in the spring. (seed propagated)
Associated SKUs
HBL4AXX
31654R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
31654P (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Jupiter's Beard (Red Valerian)
Botanical Name Centranthus ruber Coccineus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Mature Spread 30" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early 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 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 Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Additional Information Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR, where it can behave aggressively.
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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:

  1. Centranthus grows well in a wide range of soil types, including clay.
  2. It can be mulched in dry climates with a variety of mulch types, including gravel in waterwise landscapes (xeriscapes).
  3. After the second growing seasons, it only requires deep but infrequent watering. Take care not to overwater established plants.
  4. Plant in full or part sun conditions. (Plants can become floppy if planted in part shade and watered too much.)
  5. 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.

Special comments:

  • 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.

Garden care:

  1. Fertilize Centranthus just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
  2. In moister climates, cut back the stems to a height of 2-3" inches in late fall to prevent rotting of stems and foliage.
  3. In dry western regions, wait until mid-spring to cut them back.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensCentranthus ruber Coccineus
 
4.4

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Pros

  • Attractive (9)
  • Healthy (8)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (9)
  • Outdoors (8)
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    • Avid gardener (5), Master gardener (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Prolific grower

Bought this plant 2 years ago. It blooms here from spring to late fall/early winter. It grows with no extra water to regular. My soil is heavy adobe clay and alkaline and...Read complete review

Bought this plant 2 years ago. It blooms here from spring to late fall/early winter. It grows with no extra water to regular. My soil is heavy adobe clay and alkaline and the 3 plants have taken off like crazy. If you leave the blossoms on it will also seed like crazy! It's easy to contain though and remove any unwanted extras. I also cut it back to about a foot tall in winter. Just planted some white ones in a different area so we'll see how they do

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Healthy but small plant for the price

Just a couple of new shoots, very small even for the sale price. Plants will, unfortunately, take a couple of years to fill out.

Just a couple of new shoots, very small even for the sale price. Plants will, unfortunately, take a couple of years to fill out.

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5.0

Neat plant

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from Santa Fe, NM

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

    I replaced these in my Jumbo Waterwise Garden where the red Jupiter's Beard was eaten by gophers. They grew beautifully and quickly, though one bloomed white instead of red. Still looked intriguing, though.

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    4.0

    Stunning beauty!

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    from San Angelo

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    • Attractive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

      I love this plant, however it does really well then dies on me fast, not sure what kills it. I see them all over Santa Fe and our climate is the same.

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      5.0

      Perfectly suited to high altitude gardens

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      from Morrison, Colorado

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

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        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

        The color is fantastic, and this plant quickly fills in any planting bed. Low maintenance, vigorous, and pretty.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Prolific grower

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        from San Jose, California

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

          Bought this plant 2 years ago. It blooms here from spring to late fall/early winter. It grows with no extra water to regular. My soil is heavy adobe clay and alkaline and the 3 plants have taken off like crazy. If you leave the blossoms on it will also seed like crazy! It's easy to contain though and remove any unwanted extras. I also cut it back to about a foot tall in winter. Just planted some white ones in a different area so we'll see how they do

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Can be difficult to start but hardy after

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          from Magdalena, NM

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive

          Cons

          • Can Be Difficult To Start

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

          I have several of these. Sometimes it takes off and other times I have to baby it along to keep it from dying.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I would buy this product again and again

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          from Pueblo co

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          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

            I used this plant in my hummingbird garden and it did exceptionally well

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great plant

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            from southern new mexico

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            • Attractive
            • Healthy
            • Robust
            • Spreads

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              • Garden
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              Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

              lovely color, many blooms, nice foliage, about 2'+ tall but not spindly looking, multiplies easily but not a nuisance plant. Gets day sun, late afternoon shade; sandy soil with some additions. after winter (15-20 deg. F) came back strong, and had multiplied.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Healthy but small plant for the price

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              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

              • Healthy

              Cons

              • Small In Size
              • Unattractive

              Best Uses

                Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

                Just a couple of new shoots, very small even for the sale price. Plants will, unfortunately, take a couple of years to fill out.

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                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Jupiter's Beard

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                from Los Alamos, NM

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                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

                  I bought this last summer and put it in my front garden. It did great! I had no problems with it and plan on getting several more this year to add to the garden.

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                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pleasant Surprise

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                  from Chicago IL

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                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Takes Shade Clay

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Centranthus ruber Coccineus:

                    This bloomed all summer in a crummy location (shaded clay soil)

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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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