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  • Ken carterKen carter Posts: 19

    Can someone please identify this plant /  Thanks Ken from Leicester

  • kleipieperkleipieper Posts: 563

    Centranthus ruber , commom name red valerian.

  • yes but is it a weed I have it coming up everywhere I cant seem to get rid it is not unattractive but big and invasive does it have medicinal properties if so how I know a weed is in the eyes of the beholder but this thing is a pain

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    It is rather invasive and has taken over road verges in many places. I wouldn't want it in my garden, but some people do like it. Pull it out if you don't want it either!

  • Ken carterKen carter Posts: 19

    Thanks to all who replied to my enquiry Cheers Ken,  PS it is not in my garden but quite a few people who I garden for.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    I like itimage I have a lot of bees to cater for



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fern sprayfern spray Posts: 18
    Super plant for bees and valerian is good herbal remedy for sleep and anxiety image
  • Andrew 71Andrew 71 Posts: 7

    Great looking plant

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,407

    Centranthus ruber, though often called red valerian, is not the herbal remedy that Fern Spray refers to. That is Valeriana officinalis - true valerian, which has similar looking flowers.

  • fern sprayfern spray Posts: 18
    Apologies... I thought that was the same plant.. image
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