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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

16. Spur Valerian
(Kentranthus ruber (L.) Dc.)

16. Spur Valerian

Many ancient buildings - Chepstow Castle, for example - are made beautiful in summer by this plant. It flourishes on old walls and is also commonly found on sea cliffs, and in chalk pits. The main stem is woody and perennial and it throws up a number of smooth branches with greyish-green stalkless leaves. As a rule the flowers are pink, but white and deep red forms are quite common. Each flower is small, tubular, and ending in a long spur.