Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.

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Valerian - You are patient The answer you planted into the twentieth of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Casting Doubts project. Latin name: Valeriana officinalis Artist family: Neutral 123 Zaden, Zadenbank Velt

Description

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America. Crude extract of valerian root is sold as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules. Valerian root may have sedative and anxiolytic effects.