Devil's beard

Centranthus ruber

Common name:

Red valerian

Scientific name:

Centranthus ruber


Devil's beard is a hairless perennial herbaceous plant becoming shrubby and woody at the base in older stems.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?


    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA Category 1b in Western Cape Not listed elsewhere

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Cape Peninsula.

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal.

    Why is it a problem?

    Invades roadsides and urban spaces.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves:Leaves are 5-8mm in length and grow in opposite pairs. Flowers:Small individual flowers, highly variable: usually deep pink to magenta or crimson-red, but sometimes lavender or white. Fruit/seeds:

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Garden ornamental.