Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pale Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jun 7, 2011, wonkyostrich from cardiff United Kingdom wrote:
i bought this plant and planted it up in my clay soil and it seems to be doing ok and is flowering with tall white blooms that look very nice although i am aware that this is not a native of britain and was introduced in the 19th century as a captive herb but self seeded and is now considered as native because it covers the whole of the country and is a pest to get rid of but it is a very nice plant to give height to a garden border.
On May 23, 2008, gardenwife from Newark, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
A friend gave me starts of valerian five or more years ago and it has never taken over any place I've planted it. It thrives in the fairly dry beds I have it in, too. The fragrance is so sweet, just outstanding, and I love its ferny foliage.
Valerian is nice in the back of a garden where it doesn't tower over smaller plants. Because of its straight, long stalks, it seems to provide the look of a garden structure as much as a plant. It is slow to germinate.
On Apr 22, 2004, mominem from Ashton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This plant will grow quite happily in a container and overwinters without needing to be mulched or protected. The seedlings are easy to pull although they do tend to pop up at quite a distance to the mother plant. Seeds are carried by wind. Deadheading will provoke a second, smaller flush of blooms.
On Sep 8, 2003, saya from Heerlen Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love its fragrance during late spring. Blooms at that time when there is so much to do in the garden. The scent is like almond blossoms and fills my whole garden. Wouldn't miss it for this. It blooms about 4 weeks in my garden. Attracts bees and butterflies. I have it in my garden for several years now. I have 'nt experienced it as invasive..in spring I may find two or three seedlings, easy to recognize and easy to pull out. I have medium dry/moist soil conditions for it.
On Aug 10, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
Valerian grows wild along the roadsides ditches and in wet meadows. The plants get 5-6 feet tall when they're happy in a moist soil. It has a very sweet fragrance that perfumes the air for several weeks in early summer. The roots of the plant are used as a medicinal herb - a mild sedative. It's an aggressive spreader ao make sure to give it plenty of room or plant it were it won't crowd out other plants.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bear Creek, Alaska Berkeley, California Temple, Georgia Ashton, Illinois Inwood, Iowa Sioux Center, Iowa Manhattan, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Prospect, Kentucky Falmouth, Maine Lisbon, Maine Portland, Maine Cordaville, Massachusetts Douglas, Massachusetts Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Mashpee, Massachusetts Adrian, Michigan Ferrysburg, Michigan Harvey, Michigan Andover, Minnesota Marietta, Mississippi Eunice, Missouri Helena, Montana Lincoln, Nebraska North Middletown, New Jersey Ramblewood, New Jersey Croton-on-hudson, New York Hilton, New York Naples, New York Corning, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Grove City, Ohio Newark, Ohio Astoria, Oregon Eagle Point, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Bellefonte, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Scituate, Rhode Island Salt Lake City, Utah Wytheville, Virginia Gold Bar, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Hobart, Wisconsin Spooner, Wisconsin