Milwaukee, WI

These were already in my landscaped yard when i moved in 3 yrs ago. They grow abundantly in various areas in yard (sun/ shade) and are very shallow rooted-i would say rhizomes. (Can easily be yanked out w/ root still attached & replant easily.) They usually have 3-4 defined sections up the stem (stem is hollow) where at each section, the leaves branch out. The first flowers bloom at top; cut that down at next leaves two shoots of clusters come out next to leaves, same if down to next set of leaves, and so on. If anyone can help, please let me know! I've had many people guess but when I look it up, never the correct ID. I never see them in anyone's garden, wild, or so far, even online.
~thanks!

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Milwaukee, WI

one more pic, of my son next to it showing the height they get to. (he's age 6 but pretty tall)

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Valeriana officinalis.

Billingshurst, United Kingdom

Makes a dawg very sleepy

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Billingshurst, United Kingdom

When I looked at your thumbprint Daringu I thought Valeriana and still think it is but the leaflets look more slender than the ones I have seeding all over my garden..... also are you sure the roots are shallow?

Milwaukee, WI

:) thank you for help, this seems to be exactly right- Valerian! The roots do seem shallow but can run a few inches down too. If anyone else knows more, id love to hear!

Milwaukee, WI

Mr canthus, I didn't realize ur doggie was sitting in a little patch, now I see what you mean about the leaves...hmm...maybe a different variety then? What color are your flowers when bloomed?

Huntsville, Canada

Wow you have a lot of it Garden Heliotrope is the old name, Valerian is right especially if doggy is sleepy cats like it too. Used as a sedative and calmative, pain, with animals too. My cat liked it when he had a sore paw. The root is used sometimes its really pepery.

Billingshurst, United Kingdom

The flowers are white and the leaves that occur up the flowering stems have narrower leaflets. It is Valeriana officinalis for sure. It is a lovely plant that self-seeds in my garden and the faded flower heads are attractive too

Milwaukee, WI

Yes Mr Canthus, I totally agree w/u, as of now, the heads are turning into beautiful, wispy, fuzzy clusters. They add a very Whimsical feel to the garden. :)
@tammynichol-yea, we have it growing everywhere. Thankfully my kitties stay indoors & I am dogless rite now :) but, if anything, are u telling me the root is edible? If so, how? thx!

Milwaukee, WI

I am so sorry-- Nicholtammy! Pls forgive me w/ ur name: )

Huntsville, Canada

Tammy

Milwaukee, WI

Got it, thx Tammy! *wink* So are they edible?

Huntsville, Canada

yes the root can be used in tea for a calming effect and pain reducer sedative

Billingshurst, United Kingdom

Friend o' mine ate some root and fell asleep for 24 hours

Huntsville, Canada

ya it's a sedative that's a long time thoe

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