Growing Angelica

July 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Native Americans and European herbalists have been using various varieties of Angelica for ages.

Angelica can be found in wet areas such as marshes, stream and river banks, wet shores, sedge meadows, and along the edges of swamps. It can also be found in openings and wet hollows in mixed woods. It is especially common in cold habitats with springs.

Angelica blooms only once in its life time and then dies, so it is not easy to maintain in a cultivated situation. Not without timely implementation of a fitting propagation strategy, that is.


Angelica can be grown from seed. Since the germinating capacity of the seeds rapidly deteriorates, they should be sown as soon as ripe in August or early September.

In spring, transplant the small seedlings. Or buy plants. Angelica prefers deep, moist and fertile soil. It grows best in partial shade to full sun.

Angelica self-seeds. To make an individual plant a perennial, cut down the stems at their base and let the side shoots grow. But this method is considered wildly inferior to seeding with fresh seeds.


Insects and garden pests do not attack the plant with much aggression: its worst enemy is a small two winged fly, of which the maggots are leafminers.


Dig up two year old roots in September or October, slice and dry rapidly, and store in air-tight containers to preserve the medical qualities for several years.


Can be used against colds and stomach disorders like diarrhea, gastritis, gas and dyspepsia. It also stimulates appetite.

The main constituents of Angelica are volatile oils, valeric acid, angelic acid, angelicin, safrole, scopoletin, and linoleic acid.

Angelica root contains Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, and many other trace minerals.


Pour one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of crushed angelica seeds. Steep for thirty minutes. Strain. Take two tablespoons four times a day.

Put two teaspoons of dried root in a pan. Add three cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the volume is halved. Strain. Take a quarter cup four times a day.

Note The fresh root of Angelica is not edible. It is said to be poisonous.

Warning! While taking Angelica you can have an allergic reaction to sun. Stay out of the sun.

Warning! Avoid when pregnant. It is a uterine stimulant.

Warning! Angelica increases blood sugar and so diabetics should avoid it.


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