Angelica archangelica, Angelica
Round umbels of white/green, sweetly scented flowers in second year. Large, bright green, deeply divided leaves. Culinary; the flowers and leaves are edible. The stems, once cooked, are edible.
Want to learn more? Read Jekka's blog all about Angelica.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Monocarpic
• Height: up to 2.5m
• Spread: up to 1m
• Soil type: Damp Loam
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: White, Green
• Flowering time: Early summer in second year
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and and Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: Yes (Read Jekka's Guide to Pollinators for more information)
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: Yes
• Caution: Do not take medicinally if suffering from diabetes. The sap can cause contact dermatitis and or photosensitivity.
• Indoor Sowing: In early autumn in prepared plug trays or pots, cover seeds with compost. Winter in a cold frame.
• Outdoor Sowing: In autumn or late winter,direct into a prepared site. Thin seedlings to 1m apart.
• Propagation: N/A
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring, Summer and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
Traditionally regarded as a warming tonic for those with blood and circulatory problems, angelica has been used historically in a number of ways.
Many herbalists have recommended it to boost a fragile digestion where there is nausea and poor appetite. It has also been used historically to help relieve the symptoms of a feverish cough where it is said to ease congestion, promote sweating and help to make it easier to cough up phlegm.
It has also been seen as a herb of value in treating premenstrual symptoms, particularly where these are associated with painful or irregular periods, and as an uplifting nerve tonic where clarity of thought is desirable.
Caution: Avoid in pregnancy. May also cause photosensitive skin rashes in some people.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
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Our herbs are designed to be grown in containers or planted in the garden. Although some herbs will be quite happy indoors, most prefer being outside. Please see our indoor growing blog for more information.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.