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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2006
4:05 PM

Post #2927672

I'd appreciate any help with an I.D. for this one. It's now about 2' tall and wide. Thanks.

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 19, 2006
8:35 PM

Post #2928223

Valerian?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2006
8:57 PM

Post #2928265

I checked Plant Files and couldn't find a Valerian whose leaves matched mine. A friend stopped over and she thinks it's in the herb family. Thank you for trying.

Joy

Joy
Kalama, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2006
9:03 PM

Post #2928281

Reminds me of Valerian as well. The foliage is nice and the sweetly scented pretty white flowers scent your whole garden. It can grow to 5 foot tall so it's great for the back of the border. And because of it's white flowers it's a great plant for a moon garden.

It can self sow to the point of being pretty invasive unless you cut it back after flowering.
I pull out any self sowed plants that I don't want by the root. My cats go crazy for the roots. Valerian, an herb, and a sedative for humans is a stimulant for cats. Though my cats like catnip, they really go crazy for valerian.

Joy

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2006
9:11 PM

Post #2928296

Hmmm...maybe I'll give it to my daughter who has a cat. I'll post here if I get a positive I.D. Here's a night time close-up of the leaves.

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Joy

Joy
Kalama, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2006
11:54 PM

Post #2928767

I'll try to run out tomorrow and look at mine again to be sure yours is the same.
Could be yours is something else but just looks similar to Valerian.

Joy
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2006
12:42 AM

Post #2928899

JasperDale said the same thing - Valerian. I'll go out in daylight to examine the leaves. I don't think they're opposite, but alternate instead.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2006
1:28 AM

Post #2929049

I caved in and went out into the cold and light rain to clip a stem, brought it in and JasperDale is right, so is claypa and Joy - Valerian it is! Thank you all, especially the ever patient JD!

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