Open Today &ndashp; 8:30AM - 6:30PM

Growth Type Perennial
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Planting Conditions Full Sun
TJ Documented Plant No

This showy perennial, also known as Jupiter's Beard and Keys of Heaven, is native to the Mediterranean regions of Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Turkey. Red Valerian, not to be confused with True Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), was used in ancient times in primitive embalming efforts. It forms a many-branched, woody-based plant with fleshy, blue-green foliage and dense clusters of flowers that re-seed readily. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed this perennial as "Valeriana rubra--Red Garden Valerian" in his American Gardener's Calendar, 1806.

Buy seeds or plants from Monticello's Online Store.

Typical Blooming Dates: May-November
Color(s): Reds, Pink, Purple
Location at Monticello: West Lawn

In Bloom at Monticello is made possible by support from The Richard D. and Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation.