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Angelica archangelica L.

  • Archangelica officinalis Hoffm.
  • Angelica commutata (C.A.Mey. ex Rupr.) M.Hiroe
  • Angelica discocarpa (Fr.) M.Hiroe
  • Angelica litoralis (Wahlenb.) Fr.
  • Angelica major Gilib.
  • Angelica norvegica (Rupr.) Nyman
Vernacular Name
Garden Angelica, Wild Celery, Norwegian Angelica
Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Medicinal plant; Ornamental species; Nectar source; Edible
Occurrence: ?Bu, By, Cs, Ct, Da, Es, Fa, Fe, Ge, Ho, Is, ?It, La, Lt, Mo, No, Rf(C, CS, E, N, NW), Sk, Sr, Su, Uk(U), [nAu(A), Be(B), nBr, cBu, Cs, nGa(F), cHe] (EuroMed, 2018). A biennial plant from the Apiaceae family, a subspecies of which is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. Like several other species in Apiaceae, its appearance is similar to several poisonous species (Conium, Heracleum, and others), and should not be consumed unless it has been identified with absolute certainty. During its first year it grows only leaves, but, during its second year, its fluted stem can reach a height of 2.5 meters (just over 8 feet), from that stem the root, which is used in medicinal preparations. Its leaves comprise numerous small leaflets divided into three principal groups, each of which is again subdivided into three lesser groups. The edges of the leaflets are finely toothed or serrated. The flowers, which blossom in July, are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish, are grouped into large, globular umbels which bear pale yellow, oblong fruits. Angelica grows only in damp soil, preferably near rivers or deposits of water. Angelica archangelica grows wild in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland, mostly in the northern parts of the countries. It is cultivated in France, mainly in the Marais Poitevin, a marsh region close to Niort in the department Deux-Sèvres. Commercially available sources of angelica are often sourced from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Poland. Some Angelica is sourced from Asia as well, though it may be confused with similar plants like Angelica Glauca, which are also sometimes sold simply as Angelica. From the 10th century on, angelica was cultivated as a vegetable and medicinal plant, and achieved popularity in Scandinavia in the 12th century and is still used today, especially in Sami culture. Angelica is a shamanic medicine among the Saami or Laplanders.
Book reference
  • Кузярін О.Т. Судинні рослини території торфовища "Білогорща” (м. Львів) // Наукові основи збереження біотичної різноманітності. - 2010. - Т.1(8), №1. - С.75-90.
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