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Jupiter's Beard is a tough, easy to grow, long blooming, first year flowering perennial hard to beat for providing garden color with little maintenance. Jupiter's Beard plants, also known as Red Valerian produce clusters of profuse red or white flowers in spring and summer.
Blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and are excellent cut flowers. Jupiter's Beard is a rabbit and deer resistant plant which grows to 3 feet tall. We love Jupiter's Beard because it thrives on neglect, grows in dry and moist soil, and is happy in sun or light shade. A winter hardy perennial to zone 5.
Pure white flowers. 'Snow Cloud' Jupiter's Beard combines beautifully with Double Decker Purple Coneflower.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 65°F., germination is in 14-21 days Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 1.5-2 feet apart. Thin to the strongest plant. See Starting Seeds for more information.
Growing Jupiter's Beard: Sun, part sun, or light shade. Adaptable, easy care plants can be grown with drought tolerant plants or with plants which prefer moist soil. Growth is more upright and compact in sun. In shade flowers appear brighter and habit is more lax. Jupiter's Beard tolerates salt and wind; it is an ideal perennial flower for coastal landscapes. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant, nearly pest free. Excellent cut flowers. Flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and amazing Hummingbird Hawk moths.