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Marsh Valerian


Slightly more sparse flowers in the head than common valerian and found in much wetter places.


 

 

  • Marsh Valerian: his and hers

    Post date: Monday, 14 November, 2016 - 20:52

    The marsh valerian (Valeriana dioica) is certainly a plant that likes wet meadows and marshy areas and so is aptly named. Often found in places where rivers overflow frequently or where low ground next to a river is constantly under water; it does not grow in running water. As much of this sort of habitat has been drained for agricultural improvement this is a now more scarce than it one was.

    An attractive plant with clusters of small, five-petalled pale pink or cream flowers that appear from April until June. Interestingly, although very similar in appearance this species has separate female and male flowers and each grow on different plants. Its main way of spreading is by underground runners. The plant grows to no more than two feet tall at the most and has opposite pairs of leaf sets, each set being a series of small, narrow oval leafs again in pairs along a short stem, a bit like rose leaves.

    Traditionally used to create sleeping potions it is still used in the production of sedatives today. It is one of those plants you are advised to avoid eating, it is not poisonous but it is not good for you.


     

Common Name Marsh Valerian
Scientific Name Valeriana dioica
Species Group Valerian Family Valerianaceae
Status
Interest Level
3
Visabile
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Valerian family - Valerianaceae
Status Scarce
Flower Colour Group Pink
Visible
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Short flower with clusters of pale pink flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Valerian Family Valerianaceae