Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a flowering herb that is native to Europe and Asia. It is prized for its beautiful, fragrant flowers and its calming, relaxing properties.
It typically flowers in the summer months, from June through August. The flowers of the valerian plant are white or pink and have a sweet, pleasant scent. The plant grows four to five feet tall with broad leaves and fragrant white, pink, or pale violet flowers borne in clusters. It has heavy spreading root stocks that are strong smelling and used dried for medicinal purposes.
Propogate by seeds, sown in a well protected sunny seed bed as soon as they ripe or by division of the roots in fall or spring. Plant seeds 12 inches apart. Valerian thrives best in a rich and rarther heavy loam, well supplied with water. These seeds produce tall, stately plants that will add a touch of elegance to any outdoor space. Valerian is a hardy herb that can withstand a wide range of growing conditions, making it a great choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners.