Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

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Botanical names:
Valeriana officinalis Accepted
Valeriana alternifolia Synonym
Valeriana alternifolia f. angustifolia Synonym
Valeriana faurier Synonym
Valeriana pseudofficinalis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18-60 inches (45-150 cm)
Plant Spread: 18-36 inches (45-90 cm)
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
White
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Si (Silicon)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Toxicity: Other: medicinal plant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: if seeds are grown indoors
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Beetles
Flies
Bees
Various insects

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2014 12:50 PM

Gets about 5' tall. Self seeds. May be cut completely to the ground after flowering but before setting seed, which will result in fresh new low growth. No further maintenance is needed for winter.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 3:56 PM

A hardy perennial herb that can reach up to 5 feet tall. It doesn't do so well in many areas of the south, but it can be grown successfully here in the northern part of Texas, zone 7b. Has a long history as a medicinal herb and is still used, prepared as a tincture and taken for insomnia, depression, stress, and nervous tension. Two-year-old roots are dried and used.

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