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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
red valerian (white form)
Centranthus alba Valeriana 'Alba'
Centranthus may be annuals or perennials, with usually simple, opposite leaves and terminal clusters of small, trumpet-shaped flowers
'Albus' is an upright perennial, sometimes grown as a biennial, with greyish-green leaves and sprays of small white flowers in late spring and summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
SoilSand, Loam, Chalk
Time to ultimate height
Grow in a well-drained soil that is poor to moderately fertile, ideally a chalky or stony soil. Good drought resistance; thrives on walls and in coastal gardens. Needs full sun to flower well.
Propagate by seed sown in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Drought Resistant
Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Cut down stems in autumn or if self-seeding is a problem then cut back hard in July after their first flowering
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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