Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris

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:

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