Centranthus for Descanso Gardens

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 blooms available. 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.

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