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
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.
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