Saturday, June 17, 2017

Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard) - Wales, UK (Naturalized)

6/5/17 St. David's Cathedral, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, W. Wales, UK


COMMON NAME: Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard

SPECIES: Centranthus ruber

FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 6/5/2017

LOCATION: St. David's Cathedral, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, W. Wales, UK


From Wikipedia:

A native of the Mediterranean region, Centranthus ruber has been introduced into many other parts of the world as a garden escape. It is naturalised in FranceAustraliaGreat BritainIreland and the United States. In the US it can be found growing wild in such western states as ArizonaUtahCaliforniaHawaii, and Oregon, usually in disturbed, rocky places at elevations below 200 m. It is often seen by roadsides or in urban wasteland. It can tolerate very alkaline soil conditions. Because it can tolerate the lime in mortar, Centranthus ruber may frequently be seen growing in old walls in Italy and Southern France and South West England.

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