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Centranthus ruber ‘Pretty Betsy’
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Red Valerian

Centranthus

Centranthus ruber ‘Pretty Betsy’ full sun

From the ruins of Europe and the chalky cliffs of Dover to your garden’s refuge, this age-old Mediterranean perennial is second-to-none for long showy summertime bloom. Clothed with glaucous and paired, stem-less blue-green leaves that the Sicilians once savored in their salads, the handsome bushy clump entices us with minute, deep carmine-red fragrant florets densely arranged in domed, cut-flower-perfect terminal clusters.

Whether it’s situated on slopes, amid stone walls, terrace cracks or the border, the boldly colored Red Valerian can endure most conditions except damp shade, and especially thrives in alkaline soil with little or moderate moisture. A good pruning ensures a repeat bloom, maintains a pleasing shape and prevents self-seeding.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Centranthus ruber ‘Pretty Betsy’ (P-1546)
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Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.

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