VALERIANA

Valeriana officinalis is the common valerian, which attains 3 ft. with pink flowers in summer. It grows alongside ditches and streams and when planted in the garden, is highly attractive to cats. It is sometimes grown in borders. Easily increased by division in spring.

VALLOTA SPECIOSA (PURPUREA) or SCARBOROUGH LILY P.

Formerly often seen in cottage windows, this bulb produces funnel-shaped, vivid scarlet flowers 3 — 4 in. long in clusters on stout stems during late summer. Grow in John Innes Potting Compost. Plant in June or early July well before the flower spikes appear. Vallotas bloom most freely when pot-bound and should be left undisturbed for as long as possible. Always keep the soil moist (not sodden) in winter as the bulbs are practically evergreen. Increase by offsets which may be detached in spring.

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