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Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)

Plants with white flowers
Common Scurvy GrassDanish Scurvy Grass
Prickly SaltwortRock Samphire
Sea AsterSea Mouse-ear
Sea CampionSea Carrot
Sea KaleSea Rocket
Sea MayweedDewberry
Burnet RoseWhite Rock-rose
Wood SageGlasswort
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSilver Ragwort
Sea purslaneWild Cabbage
Sea Wormwood
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red Valerian
Common Storksbill
Sand SpurreyHare's Foot Clover
Sea BindweedSea Pink
Hounds TongueCommon Centaury
Spear-leaved OracheTree Mallow
Plants with blue or purple flowers
Common Sea LavenderRock Sea Lavender
Vernal SquillSea Holly
Sheep's Bit
Plants with green or brown flowers
Sea BeetSea Spurge
AlexandersSea Plantain
Grasses & Shrubs
Marram GrassLyme Grass
Cod GrassSea Buckthorn
Red Valerian

Although it's called Red Valerian, the flowers can be red, pink or white. It's a common, showy plant of dunes, sea cliffs, walls and dry places. It begins to flower in May and lasts most of the summer. The leaves are oval, pointed and opposite on the stem. Height is up to 3 feet.