Common Valerian - Valeriana officinalis

    Alternative names
    White Valerian

    Medium to tall plant to 1.5 metres. Leaves pinnate or pinnately lobed, toothed or untoothed, the lower long-stalked, the upper much smaller and unstalked. Flowers white or pinkish, 2.5 to 5 mm long, in almost rounded clusters

    Similar Species

    Marsh Valerian

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Stem and basal leaves pinnate.

    Recording advice

    Photographs must show leaves as well as flowers - this plant can't be verified from a picture of the flowers alone


    Woodland clearings and ditches.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread throughout Britain , but not common.

    VC55 Status

    In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 94 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; occasional, but locally frequent where it occurs

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