V. officinalis is a clump-forming, upright, herbaceous perennial with fleshy, branching stems, aromatic, bright green basal and stem leaves and clusters of pink or white flowers in summer.Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Common valerian, All heal, Set-well, English valerian