Description of Plant:
Valerian grows from thick rhizomes, with dark green, lance-shaped serrated leaves, arranged in pairs, growing from a central rosette and a 3- to 4-foot-tall flowering stem with clusters of flower buds. The central rhizome sends out smaller rhizomes, which grow new plants around the mother plant. The foliage has a stinking, putrid odor, especially when handled or disturbed, but the flowers have a pleasant fragrance. Plants may reach 3-4 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter.
Habitat & Elevation:
- Native to Europe and parts of Asia, and its native habitat is marshes and river banks. Valerian has been introduced into North America. Although more growing in damp situations, Valerian is more often found on higher and dryer ground – dry heaths and hilly pastures.
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