Irish wildflowers




Common Valerian
Valeriana officinalis
Caorthann corraigh
Family: Valerianaceae

Flowering time: May-August. Perennial. Native.

Terminal corymbs of pinky-white flowers, strongly scented. Opposite pinnate leaves, with lanceolate, usually toothed leaflets. Unbranched erect stems.
Height to 125cm. Very variable.

Very frequent. Damp/wet ground, meadows, woods, riversides, ditches.

Similar: Pyrenean / Giant Valerian, V. pyrenaica. Taller. Undivided heart-shaped leaves. Bright pink flowers. Very rare, N Ireland.
     
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