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B3B3 Posts: 27,018

For a few years now, I have coveted next door's red/dark rose valerian. I have only pink and white. I have waited for nature to take its course.

Oh joy! Three have appeared in my front garden, but I want them at the back.

Can I transplant one or should I wait and collect seeds?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360

    I'd transplant one, they all mix up together and you might not get red seedlings

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018

    Ok nut. Thanks

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    I'm wel jel B3.  I want one :(

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018


    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • It is one of those plants that grows out of walls along the roadside here - some people love it and others treat it as a weed. I am not sure if it is spread by the birds or the wind or perhaps both.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I love them but they are everywhere in my town, and I mean everywhere. There is no garden without valerian.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018

    Yes. I have to keep the pink and white ones under control, but it's the red one I really like. I wonder which colour is the dominant one .

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,318

    My daughter has a small patch by her front door with a very decrepit brick wall twixt her and neighbour. Only moved in 18 months ago so has waited to see what she gets (Christmas in Spring, part of the fun) and then invited me to name them! What! So I managed aubretia, campanula, sedum but was stumped by a deep red spike of flower growing in the wall.

    Hooray, its valerian, just two to go and I've got the lot  image

    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,139

    My neighbour bought one a few years ago - most front garden down the road have valerian growing in them now

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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