19th September 2016

Angelica, an Umbellifer (umbrella-shaped flower-heads), is often confused with the coarser Hogweed- both out for the past few weeks, similar in form and height. Angelica has purple-red stems growing from brackets, and softer, rounder flower-heads, often pinkish-purple-tinged. All parts are edible (the roots, only if cooked) and, with its unique scent and taste have been used in Gin and other Liqueurs, candied stalks and seeds for confectionary, and stewed stems and roots eaten to prevent scurvy. A distilled essential oil is still used in some toothpastes, cough mixtures, shampoos and soaps. It is a wonderful plant in the wild but also suitable for gardens- elegant and great for insects. Conditions: Calm and warm. Temperature: Max 19- Min 14C.

Angelica stem and leaf bracket

Angelica stem and leaf bracket

Angelica can grow up to 2 metres, especially in damp areas

Angelica can grow up to 2 metres, especially in damp areas

Angelica- softer, pinkish heads of flowers.

Angelica- softer, pinkish heads of flowers.

Hogweed- coarser, flatter and less colourful but insects still frequent ti

Hogweed- coarser, flatter and less colourful but insects still frequent ti

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