- Garden Heliotrope, Common Valeriana
It is always a pleasure for us to fill an order for
Valeriana. All parts of this plant have a sweet odour.
Luckily it grows well in most areas. We give our
plants a deep drink once a week and it produces lots
of white flowers. In dry soil it just does not grow
The best specimens are found in wet meadows. This plant can self-sow freely, so scratch out any unwanted seedlings before they take hold. Another method to reduce unwanted seedlings is to cut off the spent flowers before they set seed.
Besides the sweet smell, and great display of white
floweres, its other outstanding feature is that it
has a lengthy bloom period, starting to bloom in May
and continuing into August!
Ideal conditions: wide range of soil
and conditions from sun to part shade; moist or dry
Ideas and companions:
Flowers: 150 cm (5'); fragrant;
lavender to light pink or white, July through August;
bees love them
Coldest zone: 4 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: all but early
Notes: a widely variable species
and very adaptable; can be vegetatively propagated;
will self-sow easily