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Kneeling Angelica (Angelica genuflexa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Kneeling Angelica
Angelica genuflexa

The hollow stems have been used to make drinking straws, whistles and as breathing stems to allow people to remain underwater[257]. The have also been used as containers to collect pitch from Picea sitchensis[257].

The leaves were used as a deodorant by native North Americans. The leaves were chewed and the juice rubbed onto the body to mask the human smell[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The raw root, or a decoction made from it, has been used as a purgative[257]. A compound decoction of the root has been used to treat headaches and weak eyes[257].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[257]. Used as a flavouring[172].

    Young stems – peeled and eaten raw[172, 257].

    Seed – used as a flavouring[172].

  • Cautionary Notes

    All members of this genus contain furocoumarins, which increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and may cause dermatitis[238].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[200]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring. The seed can also be sow in situ as soon as it is ripe.
We have very little information on this species and do not know how hardy it will be in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[200]. Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[200].
E. Asia – Siberia. North-western N. America – northern California northwards to Alaska.

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