Centranthus ruber var. coccineus is a more compact variety of this species with deeper red flowers. The images above are of the species which has a slightly more open habit and pinker flowers. If we grow our plants from seed the resultant plants may be variable.
Red valerian is easy to grow in a dry sunny location. Low maintenance with bushy stems that produce an abundance of star-shaped flowers with an impressively long bloom time. It is a hardy perennial that adds a wonderful splash of vivid color to any garden as well as being an excellent plant for bees and other wildlife.
An old-fashioned wildflower, it is a great choice for cottage style gardens as it will grow and seed itself into the cracks of stone walls and pavers. The cut flowers also look great in a bouquet. The young fresh but bitter leaves and the roots have culinary uses in soups and salads.
It is sometimes confused in herbal and folk tradition with the true valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Whilst true valerian has a very strong action on the nervous system, this species has no known medical properties.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.