and lithe, a perennial to 5ft, valerian radiates in fragrance among
dense flowering heads of white, pink and lavender, May-Aug. Native
to grassland mountainsides of eastern Europe, now naturalized over
much of eastern and central US.
Grow specs: Plant out in moist rich loam, full
sun to partial shade at 12" spacing. Good companion. Hardy
to 40 deg. F.
Valerian's medicinal use dates back to Dioscordes,
in 1st century AD, who named it phu after the dried
root aroma. Traditionally prescribed for stress, depression, hysteria,
muscle spasms, migraine, and insomnia. Do not use in large doses
or over extended time period.