I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to grow this plant in the garden at my old house It did ok for about 2 years but I don't think the growing conditions were great, seems like it prefers cooler weather and possibly a higher elevation to really thrive. I had a friend who used to burn the root for cleansing and protection, as I recall, it wasn't the best smelling, though that may be the protective quality.
It is known as the women's herb, in that it assists in regulating the reproduction system and the aches and pains that go along with that. In Chinese medicine angelica sinensis, is dong quai.
Angelica is in the Family, Apiceaea, and there are many varieties across the globe. They contain furanocoumarins in which coumadin is derived, although some varieties can cause photo toxicity due to furanocoumarin. Hog parsnip can cause a bad rash if you brush against it and Angelica can resemble the deadly Hemlock, so before you rush out and pick some, know your plant. Another well known cousin is celery. Almost all of the plants in this family look similar, especially in their flowers.
ANGELICA SYLVESTRIS =angelica
From Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelica
The small stalks are slightly curved like celery.
The one used more commonly and the one I had planted was Angelica archangelica
. No doubt named after angels.
BEWARE of POISONOUS RELATIVES
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CONUIUM MACULATUM =Poison hemlock
From Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium_maculatum
The stalks have purple specks, and a bad fragrance.
Leaves are fernlike
HERACLEUM MANTEGAZZIANUM =giant hogweed
From Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracle ... egazzianum
The leaves are much fuller that other family members
Blessed be the herbs