Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus rubra) is an upright herbaceous perennial
that is sometimes called Red Valerian.
It blooms from late spring through early fall.
It makes a nice cut flower with dark crimson, pink or white
It is drought resistant and needs little care.
You can plant it in dry borders, alongside the road or on rough banks.
Jupiter's Beard can be invasive if allowed to reseed without check so
keep old flower heads deadheaded.
- Location: Plant in full sun.
- Soil: Well drained, moderately fertile.
It likes alkaline soil and poor soil is ok.
- Water: Provide occasional water in dry, hot weather.
- Pruning: Deadhead regularly to prolong bloom and prevent
- Jupiter's Beard may be started from seed in mid late spring fall.
- Broadcast or place seed where the plant is to grow.
- It transplants easily from homegrown or purchased four-inch or
half gallon pots.
- With good conditions, this one may reseed naturally.
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