Do you know this flower?

panforcookingJune 9, 2014

Hi all! My best friend's mother has given me a part of a perennial from her garden, it was in her grandmother's garden and has been passed down. They call it a heliotrope but the leaves arent right for a heliotrope. Its a very light pink/white with umbel flower areangements, and pinnate strap shaped leaves. It has a fragrant spicy/anise-y smell. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

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Here is another photo

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 9:58PM
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that second one looks a lot like valerian.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 4:50AM
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garden heliotrope

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:35AM
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MaeT(z5 NL, Canada)

Had to go out in my garden and look at my white valerian and it sure looks like what you have there. Mine isn't short tho, it grows about 6 or 7 feet tall.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:39AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Valeriana officinalis aka Valerian.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:55AM
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Yes - my valerian, too, gets about 6-7 feet tall but when mine was just a little thing it grew out leaves that stayed pretty low like a hosta and had just one lone flower stem. It looked a little silly and then, the next year, shot up to 7 feet tall out of nowhere. Anyway, my vote is for valerian. To me, the blooms have a faint apple scent but its kind of muddled.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 6:02AM
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I too was given one by a friend, and I loved it for its attraction to pollinating insects, its statuesque flowers and its scent. However, I ended up removing it since I am not great about deadheading, and it self-seeds prolifically in my garden. It took me about 5 years of vigilant removal of seedlings to be free of it, so if you don't want lots, be sure to remove spent flower heads.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:34AM
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Second picture: also known as Valeriana sambucifolia.

Tall, fragrant and, as per nhbabs, found it too much of a reseeder. Got rid of it.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:10PM
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