Scientific Name: Angelica sylvestris (Apiaceae).
English Name: Wild Angelica (Carrot family).
French Name: Angélique des bois (='wood angelica').
5 Key Characters:
- fat hollow purple stems.
- leaves with oval toothed leaflets 2 - 8 cm long.
- leaf stems hollow with large sheath at base.
- leaf stems with channel running down middle of upper side.
- flowers in many rayed umbels with no bracts (like thin leaves, around stem where rays emerge) and few bracteoles (like thin leaves, directly under the flowers).
Lookalikes: Other umbellifers, especially Garden Angelica Angelica archangelica, which is bigger and green, not purple.
Habitat: Damp meadows, fens, woodland, gullies.
Flowering Period: June-July-August-September.
Status: Widespread and common.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: