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Do you know this flower?

Posted by panforcooking Ny (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 9, 14 at 21:56

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


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that second one looks a lot like valerian.


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garden heliotrope


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  • Posted by maet z5 NL, Canada (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 11:39

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.


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Valeriana officinalis aka Valerian.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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