Angelica archangelica

Wild Parsnip, Archangel

Named for the Latin word for angel, this was once prized for its angelic healing properties. Today it provides a different kind of tonic. The seeds flavor gin, vermouth, chartreuse and other liqueurs, and the leaves are used to prepare hop bitters. A short-lived perennial that usually dies or declines after setting seed, Angelica is often grown as a biennial. It may grow as tall as 7 feet, with stout stems and slightly gawky flower heads. Angelicas like moisture and will prosper by the water. They do best in light shade, although they will grow in full sun if soil is kept moist. Propogate from seeds planted in late summer to early fall.
Angelica archangelica, Wild Parsnip, Archangel
The hollow stems of this plant can be used in candy, can flavor wines, or the celery-like leaves can be eaten. Dill-like greenish white flowers carried on tall, strong stems attract wasps and other beneficial insects. Cut off flower heads before seeds set or plants may die.

Attributes - Angelica archangelica

Plant Type: Biennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 4 ft. to 6 ft.

Width: 3 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Edible, Showy Flowers.

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