Valeriana officinalis belongs to the Valerianaceae family and is well known the world over for its ability to "˜turn"™ diseases. It is a perennial, hardy, 40-100 cm tall plant of ruddy flowers gathered in bunches. It thrives in a nutrient-rich, water-retaining soil in full sunlight or half-shadow but humbly adapts to less than ideal circumstances.
Valerian is very rich in minerals and very favourably influences all living things in its surroundings and is favourable to us too as medicinal plant and food. The leaves are excellent in compost where they stimulate both micro- and macro life, but we chiefly use the slightly nasty-smelling root. Dig it up in late autumn of the second year, slice and dry it for future medicinal needs. It has above all well documented soothing qualities. It is also edible in soups and casseroles.
SOWING: Sow the seeds shallowly in April-May or divide the root in spring or autumn and set out at 40 cm of mutual space to propagate it.
SEEDS: About 1500 seeds/g.