Valerian, Garden Heliotrope
Hardy flowering perennial fromEurope and western Asia. To5 ft. tall in bloom, spreading to4 ft. wide. Most of the foliageremains fairly close to ground.Light green leaves, each with8 to 10 pairs of narrow, jagged-edgedleaflets. Tall, straightflowering stems carry tiny, fragrantpink blossoms in roundedclusters at stem ends in summer;useful for cut flowers.White- and red-flowered formsexist. The strong-smelling rootsare widely used in herbal preparationsthat are said to havesedative qualities. Roots alsoattract cats.
Start new plants from seed ordivisions. Grow in mixed herbor flower borders, but be awarethat it can become invasive;don’t let it crowd other plants.
Pinkish purple flowers held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.
Rising above clumps of fleshy, blue-green leaves, the purplish blue upper leaves and flower bracts of ...
Native to Armenia and theCaucasus. May be a form ofN. racemosa. Makes a thick, low mound to 1...