You can see Jupiter's beard (Centranthus ruber
) growing in stone walls and clinging to cliffs throughout France. This wonderful perennial has flat umbels of bright raspberry pink blossoms all summer long, and is attractive to butterflies. It also is great in bouquets. Finally, try a plant in a pot or urn; its cascading habit and long bloom period make it a winner in this situation.
Plant Jupiter's beard in light, well-drained soil in full sun or very light shade. It is hardy at least through Zone 5, given adequate drainage.
I've searched for a year to find the right source of French native wildflower seeds to offer you. Here they are! Certified organically grown, these seeds are produced on a family flower farm in the Massif Central
. One hundred percent of the process is artisanal, right down to the seed packets which are decorated with drawings of the content plants by the owner.
Size: 1 g (about 500 seeds)