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Valeriana officinalis (common valerian)


A clumping perennial with scented leaves, stems, flowers, and roots. Deeply lobed basal foliage gives rise to tall, slender, sparsely-leaved stems topped from June to July by highly fragrant, salverform, white to pale pink flowers in branched panicles. The leaves are aromatic when bruised. Strong-smelling roots yield the drug valerian, historically used in herbal medicines for treating anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia; extracts are used also in perfumes, herbal teas, and for flavoring a variety of food products. Grown for ornamental and/or herbal purposes in cottage gardens, borders, herb gardens, cutting gardens, and naturalized areas. Good cut flower. Easily grown in medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun. The plants tolerate some light shade, but stems may flop as the amount of shade increases. Plants prefer moist, rich loams, but perform resasonably well in average garden soils so long as regular moisture is provided. 3-5'H x 2-4'W. USDA Zones 4-7.

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