Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. February 2014.
Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis L.
Common name(s): garden valerian, valerian, common valerian, garden heliotrope, all-heal
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-spreads by rhizomes
-reproduces by seed
-pinnate basal leaves
-well drained but moist soils
-known to have anti-inflammatory effects
-beneficial effects of V. officinalis in the nervous system
- hydro-alcoholic extract can be shown to prevent depression
-native to Europe and Western Asia
Hosseini, M., Boskabady, M., Neamati, A., & Chaman, F. (2014). The effects of valeriana officinalis L. hydro-alcoholic extract on depression like behavior in ovalbumin sensitized rats. Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Science, 6(2), 97-103. doi:10.4103/0975-7406.129174