Wild Angelica, one of the most attractive of he Carrot family, can reach a height of 8 feet and is loved by many insects. You can, of course, get a garden variety too. In the wild, Angelica loves damp places, stream edges, and woods. The only thing it could be mistaken for really is Hogweed but the leaves of Angelica smell sweetly. The umbels are often pink-tinged and are more delicate and ‘frothy’, and often more rounded than the flatter Hogweed. Angelica stems are virtually hairless, ridged and hollow and of course the garden variety can be crystallised and used on cakes and sweets. The stems are usually purplish and have big sheathes where the leaves emerge ( these occur on Hogweed too). The plant yields a good yellow dye and the seeds can be dried and used like fennel or aniseed, or to flavour liqueurs. The 17th Century botanist and herbalist Culpeper of how a liquid made like a tissane
from Angelica “applied to places pained with the gout or sciatica doth give a great deal of ease”. Just to find a great patch of this majestic plant is a pleasure. Conditions: Humid and cloudy. Temperature: Max 27 Min 15C.