West Highland Flora

Valerian


Valeriana officinalis

 

Valeriana officinalis

Photo Carl Farmer
Summer 2000 Uig, Skye

Common in wet ground, in lowland marshes and beside burns on moors.

Flower diameter c 5 mm, flowerhead c 8-10 cm wide.

ID: Flowers lilac, sometimes almost white, 5 joined petals, 3 stamens.  Leaves made up of several toothed leaflets on each side and one at the end.  Leaves in opposite pairs, lower leaves long-stalked.

Other features: Fruit has feathery pappus which floats on wind.

Back to species list