Marsh Valerian - Valeriana dioica


    Short to medium height plant usually with several erect stems, slightly hairy at the nodes. Stem leaves pinnately lobed, mostly unstalked. Flowers pink, occasionally white, 2 to 4 mm in rounded clusters.

    Similar Species

    Common Valerian

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Stoloniferous. Basal and stolon leaves are simple and entire; stem leaves pinnate with several lateral leaflets. 

    Recording advice

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


    Wet places, on calcareous or slightly acid soils.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as far north as the Firth of Forth.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist, (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native, marshes, now scarce.

    It on on the VC55 Rare Plant Register


    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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