Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Valeriana officinalis
of the Valerian family
a perennial
1 -2 m high
blooms June-August
likes grassy places, fields, meadows
can be seen by the Pond and between there and the Roman Bath-house

The name of this plant probably derives from the Latin valere which means "healthy". Herbalists have long known of the roots of the plant's sedative properties and these have been used to treat hysteria, trembling, headaches and palpitations. Today, in Germany, Valerian tea is commonly taken to calm the nerves.