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Edible Valerian
Valeriana edulis

Edible Valerian is a threatened species and not to be confused with Valeriana officinalis, which is invasive.

USDA symbol: VAED

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 4 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureWet
Bloom ColorWhite
Edible Valerian (Edible Valerian<div><em class="small">Valeriana edulis</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Low

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration
Coefficient of Conservatism10
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent


CountyCarver, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Prairie Parkland