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Garden valerian (Redspur Valerian, genus Centranthus), a common perennial garden plant

The Valerianaceae Batsch,[1] the valerian family, was a family of flowering plants that is now considered part of the Caprifoliaceae. Plants are generally herbaceous, and their foliage often has a strong, disagreeable odor. They are found native in most regions of the world except for Australia. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals or used in herbal medicine for inducing relaxation and sleep.

The genera of this family, along with some species, are:

C. ruber (red valerian, spur valerian or red spur valerian)
F. cornucopiae (African valerian, horn of plenty)
N. jatamansi (Spikenard)
N. chinensis
V. dioica (marsh valerian)
V. officinalis (garden valerian)
V. locusta (corn salad, lamb's lettuce)


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x.
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  • Bell, C. D. 2004. Preliminary phylogeny of Valerianaceae (Dipsacales) based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 31:340-350.
  • Jepson Manual Treatment for Valerianaceae Jepson Online Interchange, Jepson Flora Project.