Angelica: From the Latin angelus 'angel', referring to the healing properties of this genus
Vascular - Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites
Terrestrial. Mainly coastal, waste places.
Stout fleshy short-lived perennial up to 1m tall with faint aniseed odour. The stems are hollow and grooved. Leaves are dark green and glossy, and are variable in shape. Basal leaves are 2-3 pinnate and with an obvious petiole. Stem leaves are 1-3 pinnate and with much shorter petiole. Numerous greenish white flowers are held in flat-toped umbels 10-20 cm diameter. The fruit are up to 12 mm long, brown with lighter coloured wings.
Can be confused with A. archangelica, the true herbal angelica. But A. pachycarpa has darker leaves, is much smaller, lacks the very strong aroma and the umbels are flat rather than rounded.
November, December, January
N.W. Spain, W. Portugal
Reason For Introduction
Humans, wind, water.
Tolerant of very dry sites including salt-spray.
This page last updated on 18 Jan 2010