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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Angelica
Species: Angelica archangelica

Garden angelica
Holy ghost
Norwegian angelica
Wild celery

Archangelica officinalis Hoffm.

Archangelica officinalis var. himalaica C.B.Clarke
Plant Data
Mature height: 100-250cm (3-8ft)
References: [1]

Garden angelica is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family. During its first year it only grows leaves, but during its second year its fluted stem can reach a height of two meters (or six feet).

Angelica archangelica grows wild in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, mostly in the northern parts of the countries. It is cultivated in France, mainly in the Marais Poitevin, a marsh region close to Niort in the départment Deux-Sèvres. It also grows in certain regions in Germany like the Harz mountains.

Growing[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

Choose a sight that has light shade. If the plant is positioned in a full-sun site it will benefit from a mulch.[1]

Soil[edit | edit source]

Deep and moist soil is ideal.[1]

Sowing[edit | edit source]

Allow plants to self-seed of sow fresh in early autumn. Take care when buying seeds as germination rates fall dramatically after three months of storage.[1]

Aftercare[edit | edit source]

Seedlings should be transplanted in spring before the taproot becomes established. Leave a square metre (square yard) between plants.

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

Cut stems before midsummer for crystallizing. Harvest leaves before flowering. Collect ripe seed in late summer. Dug up roots in autumn of the first year.[1]

Preserving[edit | edit source]

Dry leaves and roots. Stems can be crystallized.[1]

Troubles[edit | edit source]

Full troubles list: Apiaceae troubles

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. a b c d e f Bremness, L. (1988). The Complete Book of Herbs. Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London. p.46.