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ZONE: 4 - 9
SIZE: 6'H x 3'S Mature
BLOOM: White, Mid Summer

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Valerian Plants

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 can have sedative effects. Used historically to treat insomnia and anxiety, modern medical studies have found Valerian herbs 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 herbs 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. 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!

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

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Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Valerian October 7, 2019
Reviewer: Ethel from Sterling, VA United States  
I purchased this plant for my daughter about six years ago.  She has used Valerian in a tincture to help with her sleep.

The plant is about 2-1/2 feet wide and about 3 to four feet tall.  It has survived severe winters through the years and blooms every year.  I haven't tried the flowers in a tea yet.  I plan to try this year.

We have plenty of neighborhood cats but, they have never come near my plant. So, I presume the "catnip" response to be unfounded.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Arrived in good condition April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Deborah Stietenroth from Brookhaven, MS United States  
Valarian is thriving. Good medicinal herb to help one sleep. I like the oddly pungent odor of the plant and find it soothing. A must for the medicinal garden.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Getting established! April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Dan Pierce from South Haven, MI United States  
Though small right now, they are doing fine and already growing. I plan to mulch them after the frost. Valerian is one of my favorite medicinal plants.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Valerian October 6, 2016
Reviewer: Dawn  
My Valerian plants arrived in time for spring planting and were packed so well the soil was still moist when they arrived and there was virtually no wilting. Beautiful, hardy plants that started growing new leaves just three days after planting. Thank you for outstanding service and beautiful plants. This was my first order with the growers Exchange, but it will certainly not be the last!

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 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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