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Our Price: $5.95
ZONE: 4 - 9
SIZE: 6'H x 3'S Mature
BLOOM: White, Mid Summer
POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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Valeriana officinalis

We encourage our customers to add some unusual herb plants to their garden - herb gardening should be interesting as well as rewarding.

During midsummer the Valerian plant starts to bloom. The flowers of this medicinal herb are white to pink with a very unique but aromatic smell. Sweetly scented and likened to the smell of aged cheese, Valerian has long been considered "the poor man's Valium" for its sedative effects. Used historically to treat insomnia and anxiety, modern medical studies have found it to be fairly effective but may induce side effects such as dizziness, headaches and night terrors. The herb's antispasmodic properties also seem to have a positive result on cramps and muscle spasms.

This hardy, aromatic herb was also superstitiously carried in the pockets of bridegrooms to ward of the tempting charms of elves and sprites in the Medieval Ages and it is rumored that the Pied Piper may have used Valerian to entice rats to follow him. Scientific research may prove the latter of these two wives' tales to be true, as chemically, Valerian is an attractant for cats. Valerian seems to produce the similar effects of Catnip in felines, often provoking them to run around and play wildly.
Zones: 4 - 9

Size: 6'H x 3'S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: White, Mid Summer

Uses: Valerian has been proven effective in relieving anxiety and insomnia and is often referred to "the poor man's Valium". Highly aromatic, this herb is typically used in tea or capsule form.

Tips: Has a very similar effect on cats as Catnip. Try rubbing dried Valerian on your cats' toys and watch them get excited!

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growing well May 30, 2014
Reviewer: flyingsquirrelgirl from Ocean Springs, MS United States  
Although the valerian I ordered last year did little in its first year, it overwintered without protection (even here on the Gulf Coast, last winter gave us many nights below freezing and at least a week in the teens) and is growing vigorously this early summer. The patten of deep green foliage makes it interesting in the front garden, and I am waiting to see it bloom. As for the claim of catnip-like properties, my cat and the other local felines seem quite indifferent to it--probably a good thing, or it would have been chewed to the ground like all the catnip has been!

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