This herbaceous perennial is native to Europe and temperate Asia. This is the standard European wild variety of the plant. It prefers full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soils. Regular garden soil amended with organic compost creates an excellent environment for growing valerian. This seed is short-lived and should be sown within a year of purchase. This light-dependent germinator is best sown in spring, tamped in securely, and kept evenly moist until germination, which occurs in a week or two. Be advised that the seedling leaves look vastly different than the leaves of an established valerian plant. Space one to two feet apart.