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red valerian

noun
1.
a bushy valerian, Centranthus ruber, of Europe and southwestern Asia, having many fragrant red, crimson, or white flowers.
Origin of red valerian
1590-1600
1590-1600
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  • A mellow brick wall enclosed the orchard, a wall beautified by small green ferns, by pink and red valerian, and yellow toadflax.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Here, as in Sicily, the old lava is overgrown with prickly pear and red valerian.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • So are the stems of most plants; the stems of the red valerian are round.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • The old wall is, however, growing gay with another plant--the red valerian.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • We must be careful to remember that it is the red valerian, for there are other valerians.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • It grows on walls and rocks, as the red valerian does, but it is a very different plant in appearance.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • The stems of the red valerian are tall and upright; those of the Toadflax are slender and drooping.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • The earliest British specimen was taken at flowers of red valerian in a garden at Exeter, August, 1868.

  • Masses of red valerian, and some of the graceful bright rose-bay willow-herb, give colour to the banks and overhang the walls.

  • It is not spurred as in the case of the red valerian (p. 302), but the base of the tube is pouched on one side.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux

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