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


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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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