Valerian - Valeriana officionalis
Valerian - Valeriana officionalis

Valerian - Valeriana officionalis

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One of the oldest known western herbs, Valerian was used as far back as the times of ancient Greece and Rome. Its therapeutic uses were described by Hippocrates, and in the 2nd century, Galen prescribed Valerian for insomnia. It was used to treat Nervousness, headaches Trembling, and heart palpitations. During World War II, it was used in England to relieve the stress of air raids. Although this herb is generally known as a relaxant, according to the National Institute of Health this herb will have stimulating effects for about 1 out of every 5 people.

Growth Form: Clumping Rosettes

Light: Full sun in cooler climates, Shade in hot climates. 

Water: Keep moist 

Soil: Rich loam/ standard potting soil 

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9

Type: Perennial, winter deciduous.