Sep. 28, 2019

swamp valerian, Valeriana uliginosa

One should visit fens every chance you get. But especially when the lady-slippers appear. And when you do, swamp valerian will frost that cake. These delightfully fragrant two inch balls dot the landscape. Hardly a fen will be without them here in Michigan. So it is a surprise to discover how many places are concerned with their conservation. That of course is because their habitat is at risk. Swamp valerian grows only in fens, in IL(E), IN(E), MA, ME(S), MI, NH(E), NY(E), OH(X), VT(E), WI(T), NB, ON, and QC(L). Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/28/11.