Identify plant

A plant which started growing last year and this year has grown to at least 1.5m.  It now has small pale pink flowers growing in a cluster like an umbelliferous plant. The flowers have a scent, slightly sweet with just a hint of sharpness - not unpleasant.  The main stem is similar to a parsley plant when it bolts and is about 1cm in diameter.  The foliage is dark green and leafy. 



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,064

    Are there any photos Sonia? That description could cover a lot of plants, not all umbelliferous

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,064

    I'd say its Valerian. Valeriana officinalis. Lovely smell from a few feet back but not so great close to?

    Not the same as the red, pink or white flower that grows on cliffs also referred to as Valerian bit is Centranthus rubra. Something else altogether

  • poppy16poppy16 Posts: 12
    I have that in my garden too and have seen it in several open gardens but no idea what it is.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,064

    Could do with a pic of the whole planttoreally be sure but the height is right and the flowers too. Scent is a bit subjective

  • shazza3shazza3 Posts: 106

    why don't you Google it, that way you'll get a photo as well that you can compare to yours ????image

  • cow parsley, maybe??

  • Or Achilliea? Just thinking about the leaves which could be described as "parsley-ish" A full photo would be good

  • definitely valerian - valeriana officinalis!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,882

    I was just thinking that I might get some of this for my garden when I read that it is attractive to cats in the same way that catnip is - having just come in from the veg patch where I found a visiting cat has dug up and destroyed some of my emerging runner beans, I think that's one plant I'll give a miss image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Thank you all for your help.  I have googled and to confirm nutcutlet's theory it is valeriana officinalis.  It must have been lurking in the compost of an achillea I planted  which has now been buried beneath it now!  My two cats so far haven't shown interest but they do in valerian tea which is made of the root I believe. 

    If anyone wishes to grow it you will require a fair amount of space in terms of height and width.  Its foliage started growing last year but this year has shot up and produced flowers.  I think it's a bit like a Marmite plant - you either love it or hate it! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,882

    If you can promise me it's not luring every cat from the neighbourhood into your garden to do nefarious deeds, I might reconsider .... image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,064

    I've got lots Dove, never noticed any feline interest but there aren't a lot of cats around here.

  • cats seem to be fascinated by its roots ... so if you do not want to attract them, don´t disturb those ... image

  • I just love it, by the way ... wild valerian grows all along the hedgegrows and roads in my area - very pretty this time of the year ... later the stalks turn a pinkish red which is nice as well ...

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