common great angelica, great angelica, purple-stem angelica
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 seeds
Habitat: Full to partial sun; wet; meadows, woods, streambanks, fens, springs; in muddy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = OBL Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"