Angelica Archangelica – for medicine and sweet dishes


Angelica herb for your woodland garden – a useful beauty!

If you don’t want to grow this plant for medicine or food, then grow it as an ornamental in your shade garden!

Medical uses for Angelica:

This sweet ‘herb of the angels’ is a member of the parsley family and was once thought to be a remedy against witchcraft, poison and plague. Its pale green, the stalks stimulate production of digestive juices, improves the flow of bile into the digestive tract, and combats digestive spasms.

Other medicinal uses are: birthing herb, delayed menstruation, of use in colds, congestion, and fevers. Angelica root is warming and stimulating to the lungs, helping to ease chest congestion, high blood pressure and digestion. The entire plant is used including the roots.

Angelica – a forgotten kitchen herb:

Angelica is also used to flavour gin and sweet wines. Candied angelica is used to decorate cakes and desserts. The flavour is celery like.

The photo shows angelica re-sprouting after winter – it grows much bigger!

How to grow Angelica:

Angelica likes shade, moisture, plenty of organic matter and good drainage. If you want to keep the plant, cut seed heads back otherwise the plant dies after setting seeds. Angelica is biennial.

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C to USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C, herbaceous (dies down in winter).


The information provided by the Website is for personal information and interest only! Always ask a qualified healthcare professional before using or ingesting any herbs!

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Height + Width:

Frost Hardiness: Hardy in Katoomba




Country of Origin: Eastern Cape of South Africa


Common names: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu



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1 thought on “Angelica Archangelica – for medicine and sweet dishes”

  1. It is originally from Norway and Lapland in general. Also founding northern Iceland because it was taken there by Scandinavians. Please correct the Origen.


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