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.