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Organically grown. An improved, very high yielding Valerian strain that contains elevated levels of essential oils. Exceptionally fragrant white to light lavender-pink flowers appear in early to midsummer. Blooms are a terrific addition to bouquets. Grows 3-4 feet tall. A winter hardy perennial to zone 4.
Sow Valerian seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 70° F. germination is in 21-28 days. Transplant 1-1.5 feet apart. Start Valerian seeds from late winter to late summer.
Comments: Full or part sun. Prefers moist, rich soil, will adapt to almost any soil with average fertility and drainage. Plants form short, thick rhizome. When dried, rhizome elicits odor cats find intoxicating. If growing Valerian for rhizome harvest, do not allow flowers to develop. Rhizome and roots can be dug after plants go dormant in their second or third seasons. As an ornamental, Valerian is striking in cottage gardens, perennial borders, herb gardens, and naturalized settings. Fragrant flowers attract bees and butterflies, are excellent for cutting. Cut Valerian plants back after flowering to limit self-sowing.