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Valeriana officinalis

Deliciously fragrant plant that loves full sun and moist, rich soils in zones 4-7.  It will grow 3-5 feet tall and produce white to light pink flowers that have a lovely fragrance and have been used in perfume making.  As a medicinal herb the root has traditionally been used as a sedative.  It is not so sweet smelling.

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Verbena bonariensis

Airy, erect plant that produces clouds of lavender blooms from mid summer to early fall.  Grows to 6 feet but because of the open delicate form of the plant it can be planted closer to the front of the garden leaving other plants visible through the slender branches.  Plant in sun in moist, well drained soil.

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Verbena officinalis

Vervain forms a clump of toothed leaves before sending up stalks with delicate purple flowers.  Prolific self seeder when happy, so if you don’t want lots and lots of baby vervain then cut back flowers before they go to seed.  Prefers poorer soils in the sun.

Vervain has a fascinating history as a medicinal and ritual plant.  As a medicinal it is traditionally used for it’s anti-inflammatory properties for conditions such as sinusitis, colds and sore throats.  Also used topically for wounds and burns.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by Konrad Lackerbeck (2007), Wikipedia.

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Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s Root.  Plant grows up to 6 feet in height with an 18 inch spread.  Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist soil.  Produces spikes of white flowers that rise above the dark green, lance shaped leaves from mid-summer to fall.

Used by North American Indian tribes traditionally to treat a variety of complaints.  Used in contemporary herbalism primarily for its hepatic effects.

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Photo by Crazytwoknobs (2008), Wikipedia.

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Viola odorata

Sweet Violet is a spring and early summer bloomer.  Grows in zones 4-9 to a height of 6-12″.  Produces rose, mauve, to purple blooms on short stems.  Plant in full sun to full shade.

Traditional medicinal uses of violet include as a diaphoretic, emetic, expectorant, and laxative, though primarily it has been used to assist with respiratory ailments.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by C. Gondolfi (2012).

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Viola tricolor

Is anything friendlier than a Johnny Jump Up?  Annual or perennial (that will self seed) growing to 8 inches tall in zones 4-9.  The flowers and leaves are edible and have been used to make tea or as a colorful part of a summer salad.  Medicinally, the plant has been used for skin conditions, an expectorant, vulnerary, diuretic , demulcent and anti-inflammatory.  Rich in vitamin C.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by Tom K. (2005). Wikipedia.com.

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