Common Name red valerian
Moisture dry to mesic
Edible greens, herb
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as greens. Exceedingly good, either in salads or cooked as a vegetable. Opinions differ as to whether either make very good eating, the leaves being rather bitter. Root can be cooked and used in soups.
Red valerian is sometimes confused in herbals and folk tradition with the true valerian (Valeriana officinalis, which is a very effective nervine). Whilst true valerian has a very strong action on the nervous system, this species has no known medical properties.