Hairy Angelica - Coastalplain Angelica
Angelica venenosa (Greenway) Fernald
Apiaceae (Parsley) Family

Plant is perennial, tall, upright and slender with fleshy or tuberous roots. Its preferred habitat is pine wood areas, sand ridges and clearings. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are narrow, mostly basal and deeply cut into angular segments; smooth to hairy.

Flowers are umbels five to eight inches across; compound and bisexual. The color is
greenish-white; stalked and appear before the smaller upper leaves emerge. The rank odor flowers occur in the summer and autumn.

Fruit is an ovary with two or more seed chambers.

Angelica is a genus of about 60 species of tall biennial and perennial herbs that are native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, reaching as far north as Iceland and Lapland. That said, the plant is not well known in our region outside coastal Alabama, west Florida, Mississippi and some scattered locations in southern Georgia. A few variations on the plant are cultivated in Europe where it is eaten as a celery substitute. In France parts of the plant are cooked to a thick syrup and candied as a traditional Christmas treat.

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