Wild flowers of Latvia: Valerian

Latvia's colorful meadows are home to a great number of wild flowers that would be the envy of many other countries, and there's no better time of the year to explore them than the time leading to the midsummer celebration. 

Valerian - baldriāns, also buldurjānis, - is locally known as miereklis (peace-bringer), testifying to the medicinal properties of this flower, botanist Agnese Priede told Latvian Radio.

It helps people to calm down and reduce blood pressure. Valerian is also used for stomach teas and tinctures - the latter are even sold inside Latvian supermarkets. It's also a beautiful Midsummer flower.

Valerian flower clusters are easily recognizable even from a distance and usually grow in damp places, flood-lands, ditches and gardens as well if it's replanted. 

This common flower can be picked safely as it's not protected and is abundantly found in the wild.

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