Valeriana officinalis

Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis


Common names: “Valerian” “garden heliotrope” “All heal”

Plant Type:  Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 4-7

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Average – rich loam

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 3-5′ W 2-4′

Leaf and Stem shape: Odd pinnate toothed lance shaped leaves, aromatic when bruisedImage result for valeriana officinalis

Flower: Cymes of white – pale pink fragrant flowers, in branched panicles

Maintenance: Low, flowers can be deadheaded to prevent self seeding,

Landscape use: Mixed border, herb garden, cottage, cut flower

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: Nothing serious

Comments: Can become a bit invasive with spreading rhizomes and self-seeding, the drug valerian is extracted from the roots and has been used for centuries to treat a large number of problems, extracts can also be used in perfumes, tea, and food flavoring



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