Jupiter’s Beard

Centranthus ruber
24 inches high x 30 inches wide
Zone 4
Full Sun


This durable plant stands up to wind and handles dry clay but will also thrive in more moisture as long as the soil drains well. The rose-red blooms last from late spring through summer. Give it room as it will grow to 24 inches tall and 30 inches wide and will reseed a bit for a natural look. Also this charmer can go around the corner from heat into partial shade successfully to help tie different parts of the landscape together! Butterflies love it but rabbits don’t.


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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.