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Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)

A. montana. Brot.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Angelica
Angelica sylvestris

The pulverized fruits are used to kill head parasites[46, 61].

A good yellow dye is obtained from the plant (the report does not specify which part of the plant)[4].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root and the seeds are antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic[7, 13, 21, 147, 218]. This plant is less rich in active principles than A. archangelica and so is much less used medicinally than that species[9, 244], but a decoction is sometimes used in the treatment of bronchial catarrh, coughs and dyspepsia[9]. Large doses have the effect of depressing the central nervous system[7].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves, young shoots and stems – used as an aromatic addition to salads[7], or cooked and used as a vegetable[2, 5, 8, 13, 183]. The taste is somewhat bitter[5]. The chopped leaves are a good addition to cooked acid fruits, especially rhubarb[183].

    The stem and leafstalks are used in candies and sweetmeats[2, 46, 105, 183].

    Seed – used as an aromatic flavouring in confections and pastries[2, 7].

    Root – cooked[2].

  • 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.
Requires a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[200]. Succeeds in deep shade. Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[200].
Most of Europe, including Britain, to W. Asia and Siberia.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.