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botanical name:
Valeriana officinalis
Valeriana officinalis © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Common Valerian
synonyms:  Valariana officinalis
family:  Valerianaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.50m
width: 0.75m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Tall rhizomatous perennial. Pinnate basal leaves with up to 10 pairs of toothed leaflets. Fragrant white or slightly pink tinted flowers.

cultivation:
Most, moist, well drained soils, preferably fertile and humus-rich, in sun or part shade.

propagation:
From seed or root cuttings.

usage:
Well-known, commonly used medicinal herb, which is sometimes commercially cultivated. Often used as a sedative or sleep aid.

other notes:
Native to Europe and Western Asia, normally found in damp locations such as ditches and stream banks.

pronounced: va-ler-ee-AH-nuh oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss
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