Valeriana officinalis L.
Family: Caprifoliaceae
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Matthew L. Wagner  
Etymology: Valeriana: a medieval Latin name either referring to the Roman emperor or to the word valere, "to be healthy and strong" from its use as a folk medicine in the treatment of nervousness and hysteria
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb; stems hairy but mostly at the nodes; from short rhizomes
Leaves: opposite; basal and stem leaves divided into 11-21 toothed, lance-like segments
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/8" long, narrowly flaring, tubular shape, flower drawing; inflorescence a large, opened, branched cluster; blooms May-Aug.
Habitat: disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive
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Steve C. Garske  
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Joshua J. Nemec  
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Joshua J. Nemec  
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Steve C. Garske  
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Richard Bauer  
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Paul E. Berry  
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Paul E. Berry  
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Steve C. Garske  
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Kurt Stüber  
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Aaron_Carlson  
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