Red Valerian
Fact File
Taken at Skateraw on 18th June 2017 with Panasonic Lumix LX 5
in macro mode.





Taken at Dunbar on 8th August 2017 using Pansonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.


Taken at Skateraw on 23rd July 2015 withPanasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
Fact File
Red Valerian.
Latin Name :
Family:
Habit:
AKA:
Centranthus ruber.
Valerianaceae.
Perennial.
Jupiter's Beard.
Habitat:
Blooms:
Feature:

Roadside, urban wasteland.
Early Summer.
Both leaves and roots can be eaten, the leaves either fresh in salads or lightly boiled, the roots boiled in soups. Opinions differ as to whether either make very good eating, however. Although it is sometimes reported to have medicinal properties, there is no basis for this view, which is almost certainly due to confusion with true valerian.