West Highland Flora

Red Valerian


Centranthus ruber

 

Centranthus ruber

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jun 2002 Holy Island, Northumbria

A garden escape that has become naturalised and widespread in the UK, but rare on our area.  Grows on old walls.

Flower diameter c 5 mm

ID: Leaves not divided into leaflets as with Common Valerian.  Upper leaves unstalked, toothed in basal half.  Lower leaves stalked and untoothed.  Flowers with 5 petals arising from long tube c 9 mm long that has a spur c 3.5 mm long extending back from it.

Other features: Only one stamen, which protrudes from tube.

 

  Centranthus ruber

Photo Carl Farmer
(8 Sep 2001 Holy Island, Northumbria)

 
     
     
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