Jupiter's Beard, also known as Red Valerian produce clusters of profuse red or white flowers in spring and summer. Pretty Betsy produces rose redclusters of lowers that appear from July to October. Very long flowering and easy-to-grow from seed, and given a spring sowing they will flower the first year. The plants form a handsome, bushy mound, with succulent-like, mid-green leaves that and contrast perfectly with the vibrant flowers. A cottage garden favorite that is making it back in style. Looks best when grown in a mass or when allowed to self seed between cracks in walls or pavement. They will grow in poor, but well-drained soil and in shallow soil where virtually nothing else will grow. They are ideal for a wildflower garden, attracting bees and butterflies and other pollinating insects into the garden. Height of 3 feet, with a 1-2 feel spread. will do well in almost any situation- will grow in moist or dry soil, does well when it is neglected and is god in sun or light shade. Plants are generally less vigorous in the hot and humid summers of the South than in cool summer climates. Freely self-seeds in optimum growing conditions to the point of being weedy. Promptly remove (shear if large planting) spent flower stems to encourage additional bloom and to prevent seeds from forming. Zones 4-9
Tips On How To Grow Jupiter's Beard from Seeds
Seeds can be sown directly on the soil's surface in the garden from early spring until late summer. or Seeds can be started indoors 7-9 weeks before the last hard freeze of spring. Maintain a temperature of 70° F within the medium that you are growing in. Germination will take place within 21-30 days.
Do Not cover the seeds, but press seed gently into soil lightly. Keep seeds moist until germination by use of a spray bottle.
Avoid high temperatures, over-fertilizing and over-watering. Prefers average to sandy, neutral or alkaline soil, full sun and long day-length for flowers the first season.