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Thursday, September 02, 2010
I first noticed valerian, valeriana officinalis, in our area in 1985. It is a perennial which begins to bloom in early July and continues into August. As it matures it forms a purple head. The plant grows up to 4-5 feet in height. I first observed it as an occasional occupant of roadside ditches, but it has spread greatly and now is seen covering large fields in our area. Valerian was originally planted as a garden flower. It has been used as a medicinal herb for the treatment of nervousness and hysteria.