•American grown seeds
•Cats Love Valerian
Start Valerian seeds and grow this well-known herb plant. Valerian is highly prized as a medicinal herb. It is a hardy perennial with a history of use dating back to the 16th century. It is very ornamental with fern-like foliage and pink flower heads that attract butterflies. The Valerian herb is also referred to as All Heal and Garden Heliotrope. Valerian plants are an attractive addition to the herb garden, and cats love the herb too. Sometimes, the plants need some protection from cats who might do damage.
Valerian has been used since antiquity as a healing herb to help relieve digestive problems, and from the middle ages to help relieve emotional stress, sleeplessness, nervousness, menstrual and intestinal cramps, and muscle pain. A wealth of clinical studies support the sleep-promoting and central nervous-system relaxing qualities of this popular herb. In earlier times, valerian was hailed for its diuretic and expectorant properties.
Plant Valerian seeds directly outdoors in the spring. Lightly cover the herb seeds with soil and keep moist. The Valerian seedlings are fairly frost tolerant. Start with a prepared seedbed that is weed free and has organic matter worked in. The location should be in full sun to partial shade. Valerian herb plants prefer moist conditions, so provide the equivalent of 1 to 2 inches of rainfall each week. The plant will need nitrogen throughout the growing season. If you are growing Valerian herb plants for the root, cut the flower stalks when they appear. This will direct energy to the roots. Wait until the second year to harvest and dry the roots. Valerian will self-sow. Cut the spent flower heads to prevent re-seeding.
USDA Zones: 4-9
Height: 20-40 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer
Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Rich, well drained soil
Seed Depth:⅛ inch
Seeds per Plant: 8-10
Plant Spacing: 18-36 inches
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