Photographer: Paul E. Berry
Valeriana officinalis L.
garden-heliotrope, garden 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
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb; stems hairy but mostly at the nodes; from short rhizomes|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, 1/8" long, narrowly flaring, tubular shape, ; inflorescence a large, opened, branched cluster; blooms May-Aug.|
|Leaf:||opposite; basal and stem leaves divided into 11-21 toothed, lance-like segments|
|Habitat: ||disturbed areas|