Everyone knows valerian, but only a few know what it looks like and that it also grows in our regions. Valerian is a perennial, herbaceous plant that grows wild in the Andes or in Central Europe. It has white to pink umbel-like inflorescences and pinnate leaves. It flowers from June to August. Its botanical name is Valeriana officinalis. The valerian root, also known as Valerianae radix, is used in particular. This is dug up and then gently dried. This is how it develops its typical smell.