Common names: Cape valerian (English); wildebalderjan (Afrikaans).
Botanical name: Valeriana capensis
Valeriana capensis, commonly known as Cape valerian, is known for its sedative properties and is used to treat insomnia and anxiety and is used by herbal practitioners in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to manage pains, arthritis, and inflammation. Cape valerian can grow in a variety of soils and climatic conditions. Cape valerian attracts bees and butterflies and is an important source of nectar for these insects. The plant can be propagated through seeds or cuttings and requires regular watering and well-drained soil.
Nature & Cultivation
Use as Medicine
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