Belongs to: flowering plants

Marsh valerian Valeriana dioica

Best time to see: May to mid Jul

Key facts

A short plant with clusters of pale pink five-petalled flowers on erect stems

Common in permanently wet places, such as fens or marshy grassland, preferring chalky soil

Commoner in northern England than further south, and also in Wales


Plant up to 40cm tall, slightly hairy, upright; flowers on erect stems

Pale pink or white flowers with five petals in rounded clusters

Leaves pinnately lobed, in opposite pairs on the stem, mostly unstalked

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