Widely-used herbal sleep aid,
old-time favorite in the garden.
Bears branched heads of honey-scented flowers in summer.
Garden Heliotrope, Cat's Valerian. Very hardy-sow in spring or fall in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Seed is short-lived, so should be planted soon after receipt.
Leaves make tension relieving bath. Roots are considered the most effective herbal tranquilizer for both humans and small animals. Low interaction with other drugs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Valeriana officinalis
Seeds does not keep well, so start soon upon receipt. Prefers a period of cold after planting and before it sprouts, so ideal is to plant early spring. Sow in flats, covering very lightly-seeds need light to germinate. Transplant 18" apart into very moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Doesn't require high fertility, but does require moisture. The part most often used is the root, which is dug in late summer, but all parts of the plants are effective sedatives. Self-sows.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 3-9/Height 24"/Spacing 18"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Bee Friendly
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