TG3103 : Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

taken 1 year ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
This plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia, where it can be found growing in both dry and damp grassland habitats. The flower heads look very similar to umbellifers such as hogweed but common valerian is more closely related to the teasel. It has been used as a medicinal herb, especially in preparations for insomnia, at least since the time of ancient Greece and Rome and known to and described by Hippocrates. In medieval Sweden it was apparently occasionally placed into the wedding clothes of the bridegroom as it was believed to ward off the envy of the elves. Another common historical use for valerian flower extracts was in 16th century perfume making. The plant is also known as Wild Valerian. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3197 0384 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.9708N 1:25.3582E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3196 0383
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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