Valeriana officinalis / Common Valerian / British Wildflower / Seeds

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Valeriana officinalis / Common Valerian / British Wildflower / Seeds

Valerian is an upright plant with tall clusters of white and pinkish flowers from July to August/September.  Plants grow to 1.5m in height and look good in many gardens from formal borders to wilder areas.  They attract lots of pollinators into the garden.  The roots of Common Valerian are traditional herbal medicines. 

Common Valerian grows best in full sun to part shade and moist soils.  They are very adaptable plants and can cope with coastal gardens, more neglected situations and water-side locations. 


Pack of approx 300 seeds.  Sow indoors in spring to summer or outdoors in spring directly into cultivated soil.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

Grown in Cornwall

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Hardiness Hardy herbaceous perennial (RHS Hardiness H4)
Flowers July to August/September
Height 100 - 150cm
Spread 40 - 60cm
Conditions  Full sun to part shade and moist soil
Sow Sow the seeds indoors from early spring into summer onto the surface of a tray of compost.  Cover very lightly with compost.  Keep the tray at 15 - 20 degrees Celsius and germination takes 2 - 4 weeks, sometimes longer.  Pot on the seedlings and plant into their final position in summer to autumn.  Or sow the seeds outdoors directly into cultivated soil in spring.  
Grow Plants grow a base of leaves in the first season and flower from the second season.  Cut back the plants in winter to ground level, and they start to regrow again in spring.  Plants self-seed in the right conditions and this can be prevented, if necessary, by removing spent flowers before they set seed.  Softwood cuttings can be taken in spring and mature plants can be divided in spring or autumn.