Red Valerian, Jupiter... FRE-8860
Blooms like crazy in any sunny corner, and pretty much any soil, even rocks and clay.
Butterflies love it, and so do bees, hummingbirds, hawks, moths, and all kinds of beneficials. Drought-tolerant. Blooms all summer if you cut the old flower stalks off, and mixes well with other flowers.
Tolerant of alkaline soil, but we’ve seen it growing on acid soil too, and out of the cracks in cliffs and walls.
Both flowers and leaves are edible. Has a slight nervine action, but not interchangeable with true valerian.BOTANICAL NAME: Centranthus ruber
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: For bloom the same year, start in very early spring in a cold frame, indoors, or any frost-free spot. Plant 1/4" deep in pots or flats, using a free-draining mix, and keep barely moist until germination, which will be in up to 6 weeks. Of course there needs to be bright light for the seedlings. When seedlings have several true leaves, plant out in a sunny, well-drained spot. GROW BIOINTENSIVE CULTURAL INFORMATION: Perennial zones 7-10/Height 2-3'/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bee Friendly