Red Valerian. The plant that defines the Cornish landscape in summer
At this time of year it is hard to ignore the giant pink clouds of Valerian which fringe the streets of Padstow and other parts of Cornwall. The seeds of this sun and sea-loving plant nestle into the cracks in walls and thrive in the limey mortar, producing numerous raspberry pink plumed flowers.
‘Padstow Pride’ is the name given in Padstow to the Valerian flower that flowers from May to October
Red valerian was introduced in the 1600s from Europe, but is now naturalised in the UK. Its pinky-red flowers grow from old walls, roadside verges, railway cuttings and cliffs, and provide nectar for insects.