Photographer: Derek Anderson
Valeriana edulis Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray subsp. ciliata (Torr. & A.Gray) F.G.Mey.
edible valerian, tap-rooted valerian
Valeriana: a medieval Latin name either referring to the Roman emperor or to the word valere, "to be healthy and strong" from its use as a folk medicine in the treatment of nervousness and hysteria
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb; from a stout taproot|
|Flower: ||cream, 5-parted, 1/8" long, widely-flaring, tubular shape, ; inflorescence a long, often-branched, dense cluster; blooms May-June|
|Leaf:||opposite, thick, densely hairy; 4"-12" long, linear basal leaves usually undivided or with 2 lower lobes, the smaller stem leaves pinnately-divided|
|Habitat: ||wet to medium moisture; swamps, prairies|