This perennial has stems 30-80cm tall with blue-green oval to lance-shaped leaves. The stems are often woody at the base. Flowers are usually deep pink to magenta, but sometimes white. Native to Mediterranean Europe.
- Common Name: Devil's Beard. Previously as Pink valerian or 'Kiss me over the garden gate'
- Botanical name: Centranthus ruber
- Legal Status: NEMBA Category 1b in Western Cape. Not listed elsewhere
Where does this species come from?:
This invasive plant originates from the Mediterranean coast, where it grows in cracks and on ledges in limestone rock.
Why is it a problem?:
Invades roadsides and urban spaces and it has the capacity to out compete indigenous vegetation.
Means of reproduction?:
This invasive plant reproduces via seed dispersal.
For more information: Invasive Species South Africa - Centranthus ruber
City of Cape Town Invasive Species ID Kit - Click here to download a z-folder pamphlet on Centranthus ruber