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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
DewberryBurnet Rose
White Rock-roseWood Sage
Plants with yellow flowers
Common Rock-roseHoary Rock-rose
Golden SamphireYellow Horned Poppy
Field FleawortSilver Ragwort
Sea purslaneWild Cabbage
Plants with red or pink flowers
Beach RoseGreater Sea Spurrey
Red Valerian
Common Storksbill
Sand SpurreySea Bindweed
Sea PinkHounds Tongue
Common CentaurySpear-leaved Orache
Tree 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
Sea 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.