Patrinia scabiosifolia (Patrinia scabiosaefolia) | Golden Valerian ‘Nagoya’
Commonly called Golden Lace, Scabious-leaved Patrinia, Golden Valerian, and Yellow-flowered Valerian, Patrinia scabiosifolia is a close cousin of Valeriana officinalis (Garden Heliotrope). It’s a stunning, long-flowering, three-season plant with with strong stems supporting loose corymbs of bright-yellow blooms that resemble those of dill or fennel. Most members of the carrot family (Apiaceae, Umbelliferae) are annuals, biennials or short-lived plants that bloom in first half of the season. When the leaves first emerge they are green and then turn more reddish as the season progresses, eventually turning burgundy red in autumn. If the stems are left uncut in late fall they will stay ornamental throughout the winter.
Golden Valerian does best in full sun, average to rich soil, and average moisture. Tolerant to heat and humidity, however plants can flop over if planted in too much shade. Takes up little ground-space in the garden and has little foliage on the stems, which makes for an open view to see other plants surrounding the golden lace flowers. It also lends itself well by adding vertical height to the garden and brightening up borders, cottage gardens, naturalistic gardens, and pollinator gardens, all without even trying! Attracts a variety of pollinators including flies, bees, wasps and occasionally butterflies, too.
Makes a first-rate cut flower as the flower stalks remain vividly bright and in perfect form whether fresh or dry!
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 4-6 ft
Mature width: 1.5-2 ft
Hardiness zones: 5-8