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Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Once valued as a cut flower, Centranthus went out of style for a while, but is back in full force once again as people realize how easy it is to grow. A foolproof perennial, this is a good choice for beginners. Centranthus is an exceptionally long-blooming perennial that will grow in dry, limey soils. Fragrant, tiny carmine-rose florets cluster together to form dense, showy heads which are held above the gray-green, upright, bushy masses of foliage. This show goes on from early to late summer in most regions, except in cooler regions where the bloom period may be extended to early fall. Centranthus is especially attractive when grown in sunny, naturalized areas, in the crevices of stone walls, or in cottage gardens. It is a favorite of butterflies.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Centranthus thrives in full sun and in poor, limey soils. Little more than water and sunshine is required to make this plant grow. Though it is sometimes short-lived in the south, it will reseed. Centranthus is rarely bothered by insects and makes a long-lasting cut flower.

Flower Color

Carmine rose

Foliage Color

Gray green

Plant Spread

24-36 in.

Good Companions

Coreopsis-Threadleaf (Coreopsis verticillata), Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus), Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus ), Onion-Ornamental (Allium senescens), Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Silver Mound Artemesia (Artemisia schmidtiana), Stonecrop-Autumn (Sedum ), Yarrow (Achillea )

Plant Height

24-36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower or foliage, Border, Fragrant, Container, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Early to late summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests