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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 fox
fox's brush German lilac Jupiter's beard kiss-me-quick pretty Betsy Spanish valerian spur valerian
Centranthus ruber 'Pretty Betsy' Valeriana 'Coccinea'
Centranthus may be annuals or perennials, with usually simple, opposite leaves and terminal clusters of small, trumpet-shaped flowers
C. ruber is a woody-based perennial, sometimes grown as a biennial, with grey-green leaves and dense clusters of crimson, pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers from late spring to autumn
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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