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Valerian Plant - Common Valerian

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Valeriana officinalis

An easy-to-grow plant, the dried roots of which are used to treat insomnia and mild anxiety.

  • Herbaceous perennial.
  • Produces sweetly scented flowers.
  • Likes full sun with partial afternoon shade.
  • Prefers well-drained soil.
  • Attractive to insect pollinators.

Supplied as a pot grown plant grown in a 7cm pot.

Available from mid May or sooner

1 or more £2.75GBP each. Group & quantity discounts
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Valerian has been used as a medicine herb since Greek and Roman times. The Greek physician Galen used it to treat insomnia. In medieval times, Valerian was known as 'All-heal' and used to treat a wide range of ailments. In the 16th century Gerard'sHerballdescribed it as being 'excellent for those burdened and for such as be troubled with croup and other like convulsions, and also for those that are bruised with falls'. The 17th-century botanist Nicholas Culpeper recommended its use for coughs, headaches, and also for treating the plague! With its musky vanilla fragrance, Valerian, also known as garden heliotrope, was used in perfumes during the 16th century.

A native of Europe and Northern Asia, Valerian is very easy to cultivate. It is hardy, and while it may die back in harsh winters it re-emerges in spring. It has dark green pinnate (pointed) leaves which are hairy underneath.

Recognised to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Herbaceous perennial.
  • Reaches a height of around 3 feet (1 metre).
  • Produces sweet-scented pinkish-white flowers.
  • Prefers a well-drained soil.
  • Prefers full sun or partial shade.
  • Attractive to insect pollinators.
  • Seeds freely but can also be cultivated by splitting rhizomes in Spring or Autumn.
  • Not to be confused with Centranthus ruber, commonly known as Red Valerian.
  • Dig roots in spring and autumn for drying - but dry outside as they smell strongly of wet socks.
  • Medicinal Uses
  • Used to treat insomnia and mild anxiety.
  • Believed to have a mildly sedative effect.
  • Also used to treat flatulence and bloating.
  • Dried roots can be ground and then used in medicinal tea.
  • Roots are attractive to cats and dogs, and seem to have a calming effect on nervous animals.
  • Other uses
  • Can be used as a moth repellent

Disclaimer
As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using.

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How To Sow & Grow Herbs
Detailed advice on sowing and growing herbs outside and under protection. Includes information on watering and pest control.




Plant Passport Registration Number: GB-34265