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General Plant Information



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  Sitka Valerian
  Valeriana sitchensis
  Family:
  Genus:
  Valerianaceae
  Valeriana
  Habitat:

  Sun Exposure:
  Alpine Meadows
  Mountainous Areas
  Direct Sun
  Overall Height:
  Flower Size:
  2 to 3 feet
  1/4 inch (Cluster is 3 inches)
  Flower Color:



Valeriana sitchensis, commonly known as Sitka Valerian, can be found on mountain slopes or subalpine meadows. Tiny white flowers with a pinkish hue blossom in clusters approximately 3 inches wide.

In the summer, the Sitka Valerian produces a thin stalk which allows the flower cluster (the inflorescence) to soar above most of the surrounding alpine vegetation. The whole plant, including the flower stalk, can usually grow as tall as 3 feet.





Sitka Valerian, Mountain Side









Close up photo of the inflorecence of a Sitka Valerian in south central Alaska.








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