Centranthus ruber Rosy Red
A cottage garden favorite, Centranthus ruber is a hardy perennial to zone 5 that displays showy deep pink blooms on 2-3 foot tall stems. Ideal for areas with poor soil, this drought tolerant plant blooms from spring through summer and is ideal for cut flowers. Unlike many perennials, red valerian blooms in its first season if sown early. Full to part sun. Pkt. 50
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Start seeds in early spring in seed-starting trays or small pots in a mix of equal parts sterile potting mix and coarse sand or perlite. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Place the seed trays or pots in a cold frame and keep the soil moist or place in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Seeds should germinate in five to six weeks. In the spring, plant the seedlings out 12 to 16 inches apart.