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. Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR, where it can behave aggressively.
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. Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR, where it can behave aggressively. Cut back in the spring. (seed propagated).
HC016108 HC013993 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock. HC013994 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot)
Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard
Centranthus ruber Coccineus
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Late spring to early summer
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Erosion Control, Rabbit Resistant
Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR, where it can behave aggressively.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
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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