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Wild lobelia in flower

A rare centranthus

Centranthuslecoquii400 Back in June I posted about the red valerian, Centranthus ruber, growing over a wall in various colors just up the road from our house in Northamptonshire, England. Then Amy Stewart asked about the rarely seen Centranthus lecoqii on her blog and we exchanged comments about this unusual species.

Well, when I was England recently I came across Centranthus lecoqii at Bob Brown’s Cottage Garden Flowers nursery – and it turns out that he got it from Marina Christopher at Phoenix Perennial Plants. And here it is. A very pretty, more subtle, less punchy plant than red valerian and a lovely soft lilac shade.