Angelica atropurpurea L.
Family: Apiaceae
common great angelica, great angelica, purple-stem angelica
Angelica atropurpurea image
Robert W. Freckmann  
Etymology: Angelica: Latin for "angelic," referring to the medicinal properties of the plant, which are said to have been revealed to a monk by an angel who told him it was a cure for the plague
Plants: Robust, erect perennial, 2'-8' tall forb; stems thick, reddish, hollow, usually single, smooth; taprooted

  Leaves: Pinnately-divided, large but getting smaller toward the top, on a 2"-4" clasping stalk 

  Flowers: White to green, 5-parted; inflorescence a 4"-8" ball-like, compound umbel; blooms June-Aug.  

  Fruits: Dry, splitting into 2 seedsseed drawing

  Habitat: Full to partial sun; wet; meadows, woods, streambanks, fens, springs; in muddy soil

  Conservation Status: Native