© Gordon Neish (Photo ID #17988)
Perennial herb from a stout rhizome or branched stem-base with fibrous roots; stems smooth except short-hairy at the nodes, 30-120 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, pinnately cleft with 1-2 pairs of lateral segments; stem leaves opposite, larger, with 1-4 pairs of lateral segments, enlarged terminal segment up to 10 cm long and 7 cm wide, usually coarsely toothed, leaves becoming short-stalked upwards.
Inflorescence a compact, flat-topped cluster with usually male/female flowers; corollas white or pink, 4.5-7 mm long, lobed, the lobes 1/2 as long as the tube; calyces with 12-18 feathery segments; stamens well exserted.
Achenes, egg-shaped to more oblong, 3-6 mm long, 2-2.5 mm wide, smooth.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(84), BAFA(75), BWBS(2), CMA(24), CWH(54), ESSF(4176), ICH(217), IDF(3), IMA(33), MH(182), MS(203), PP(1), SBPS(6), SBS(267), SWB(53)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Valeriana sitchensis subsp. scouleri (Rydb.) F.G. Mey.
Valeriana sitchensis subsp. sitchensis
Valeriana sitchensis var. hookeri (Shuttlw.) G.N. Jones
Valeriana sitchensis var. scouleri (Rydb.) M.E. Jones