Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ or White Valerian is an evergreen perennial but sometimes grown as biennials. It is clump-forming. It is native to the Mediterranean Region. It is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family of plants.
It grows to about 60cm or 2ft. It flowers in spring and summer. It flowers in clusters of small white flowers. Flowers are lightly fragrant. It looks beautiful in borders and is rather showy. It is also called Spanish valerian ‘Albus’, Jupiter’s Beard, Kiss-me-quick, Valeriana ‘Albus’ Betsy, German Lilac, and Centrathus alba. There is also a Red variety very similar in look but with red flowers.
Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ is disease-free and pest-free. Grow it in full sun or slight shade. Plant it in a moist but well-drained soil. It actually does very well in poorer soil but does not do well in hot humid climates as it is drought tolerant.
Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ is self-seeding so be careful where you plant it unless you would like it to naturalize. You can maintain Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ by cutting dead flowers both for further blooms and to stop seeds from being generated. You can propagate Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ by seeds.
Also read Centranthus Ruber or Red Valerian