Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Walls and banks.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    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.

    UK Status

    Naturalised in Britain north to southern Scotland, especially in south-western areas.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map