Nardostachys grandiflora is a perennial found in areas such as E. Asia - Himalayas from Uttar Pradesh to S.W. China. A member of the Valerianaceae family, Nardostachys grandiflora DC is also known by its common name of Spikenard. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.25 meters and up to 0.25 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Rocks, ledges and open slopes, 3600 - 4800 metres[51]., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

Spikenard is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Spikenard is 3The root is antispasmodic, carminative, deobstruent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, sedative, stimulant and stomachic[46, 61, 178, 218]. It is an excellent substitute for valerian, Valeriana officinalis, and is taken internally in the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria and convulsive affections, nervous indigestion, insomnia, depression and tension headaches[51, 238, 240]. Externally, it is used as a deodorant and to treat rashes[238]. A paste of the root is used externally to treat haemorrhoids[272]. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238]. Use this remedy with caution, overdoses are toxic[218].

Nardostachys grandiflora is 1 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 8 - 9.

The plant has an edibility rating of 2Used as a condiment[177]. No more details are given.

Cultivation tips: Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture-retentive soil in full sun or light shade, especially from the midday sun[200, 238]. Dislikes growing in rich soils[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. The hairy portion of the stem, just
above the roots, has a strong aroma somewhat like patchouli[245]. The fresh root is fragrant, but the scent becomes more pronounced as the root dries[245]. This plant is the spikenard of the Ancients, it was once very popular as a perfume[1].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[238]. The seed requires light for germination[238]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring.

Used as a condiment[177]. No more details are given.