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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)
Each $7.25
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