Growing Valerian

Valerian Herb

Valerian flowering in summer.

Valerian(Valeriana officinalis) is native to Europe and Asia.  It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and is still used by herbalists today. 

Valerian is a herbaceous perennial and is quite easy to grow herb thriving in most conditions from full sun to partial shade, and in any moist but reasonably drained soil.

At full height when flowering it can grow to 1-1.5 mtrs.

It bears sprays of small white or pink flowers during June, July and August, which are rich in nectar, proving quite attractive to bees and butterflies.

Valerian root has a range of medicinal properties including treatment for insomnia and anxiety and as a mild sedative.

Not to be confused with Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber)  which is a common cottage garden plant.

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