Native to Europe and North America, the valerian is a species of the flowering plant sometimes called garden heliotrope. While the flowers enjoy historical renown as a perfume, the root has made itself distinct for its prominent edible usages. Woody and tendinous, with an interesting fragrance that may be described as cheese-like, the root is famous for its stimulating nature in cats.
For human consumption, the root may be tinctured or extracted to use as a tea. Owing to its exceedingly bold taste, valerian root is often mixed with other teas for a balanced flavor.