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White Valerian

Centranthus ruber 'Albus'

Also known as

Red Valerian 'Albus', Jupiter's Beard 'Albus', Red valerian, Valerian

Photo by Roosie (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of White Valerian

Some white Centranthus ruber 'Albus' growing in a garden
A close up of some white Centranthus ruber 'Albus' flowers
A close up of some white Centranthus ruber 'Albus' flowers in a garden
A close up of some white Centranthus ruber 'Albus' flowers in a garden
A close up of some white Centranthus ruber 'Albus' flowers in a garden

White Valerian Overview

Centranthus ruber 'Albus' is a semi-evergreen perennial cultivar that's often grown as a biennial, with an upright growth habit. It resides in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae and is grown for its attractive and slightly scented, pure white flowers. These form from late spring through the summer and they are arranged in dense clusters. Foliage is grey-green in colour and pointed oval to lance-shaped. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with White Valerian

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to propagate White Valerian

    Seed

    Sow in spring. Readily self-seeds.

    Division

    Divide annually in spring or autumn.

    Special features of White Valerian

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees

    Attracts butterflies

    Other uses of White Valerian

    Walls, border, rock garden, cutting bed, fragrance. Summer/Autumn interest.