Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for July 10th - July 25th, 2006
This is red valerian, Centranthus ruber.
This Mediterranean native grows well in a wide variety of soils as long as it has
good drainage. It is sometimes called Jupiterís beard. Red valerian has been used
medicinally and as a potherb by some European cultures. It is hardy in
USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8.
You can find red valerian in the National Herb Garden.