Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Valeriana arizonica Gray
(Arizona Valerian)

Family: Caprifoliaceae, formerly Valerianaceae

Status: Native

Valeriana acutiloba Rydberg var. ovata (Rydberg) A. Nelson
Valeriana ovata Rydberg

Valeriana arizonica is a showy plant with basal leaves and clusters of bright purple flowers. It is found at upper elevation on moist, shady, mostly north facing hillsides. It is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring in the Gila National Forest.
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Valeriana arizonica, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Little Cherry Creek Ranch Road, Mar. 28, 2008

Valeriana arizonica, detail of cyme, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Myer Canyon, Mar. 29, 2008

Valeriana arizonica, fruit, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak Road, May 11, 2009

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