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Valerian (Common Valerian, True Valerian, Garden Valerian, Garden Heliotrope)

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  • Common Name: Valerian (Common Valerian, True Valerian, Garden Valerian, Garden Heliotrope)
  • Latin Name: Valeriana officinalis
  • Family Name: Valerianaceae

This medicinal plant has long been used in sedatives, and as a tranquilliser.  It also has diuretic properties and therefore should be avoided.  There is a variety that has a pink flower.  Not to be confused with Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber), which is safe to eat and Heliotrope and Winter Heliotrope which are different plants and not safe to eat.


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