Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber
Tufted medium to tall greyish and somewhat fleshy and waxy looking plant. Leaves lanceolate to oval, pointed or blunt, the uppermost slightly toothed at the base and clasping the stem. Flowers red (can be pink or white) funnel shaped, 8 to 12 mm, in large panicles, fragrant, spurred at the base.
Walls and banks.
June to August.
Perennial - Sometimes becomes established in the wild as a garden escape. It can be seen on the stone faces of some disused quarries in our area.
Naturalised in Britain north to southern Scotland, especially in south-western areas.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.
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