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

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).

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Common names
  • Valerian
  • Garden Heliotrope
  • All Heal
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Valeriana officinalis
  • Synonym: Valeriana alternifolia f. angustifolia
  • Synonym: Valeriana alternifolia
  • Synonym: Valeriana faurier
  • Synonym: Valeriana pseudofficinalis

Photo Gallery
Location: Caribou Maine
Date: June 2018
#pollination
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 10, 2021
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-06-11
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-07
Location: Caribou Maine
Date: June 2018
Location: Morpeth, Northumberland UK
Date: 2018-06-22
Location: Fairfax, VA | May, 2023
Date: 2023-05-11
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-06-01
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-03-13
Emerging in spring
Location: Twisp
Date: 2016-02-12

Date: 1913
illustration from Gatin's 'Les fleurs du bois', 1913
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 10, 2021
Location: West border
Date: 2016-06-10

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2016-07-11
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-01

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-07
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-07

Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-04-07
Young plant leaves emerging
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-05-15
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-05-15
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-31
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-05-17

photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher

photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher
Location: West border
Date: 2016-06-16
Location: West border
Date: 2016-06-16
Location: Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Twisp
Date: 2016-05-19
Just beginning to open - so fragrant!
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: May 5, 2006 9:47 AM
flowers are still in bud
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-04-01
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-06-29
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2010-05-31
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2010-06-20
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Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels

 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
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Comments:
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2014 12:50 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 3:56 PM concerning plant:
    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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