Flower of the Day: Long-tube Valerian

aka Large-Flower Valerian

Valeriana pauciflora; Valerianaceae (valerian family)

Listed as threatened in the state of Maryland.  Yesterday I found a third healthy stand in the greater Carderock area.  One of the things I like about this plant is that each pair of opposite, compound leaves is oriented on the stem 90 degrees away from the next pair.  And the flowers are lovely, too.

 

long-tube valerian closeup long-tube valerian leaf arrangement

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