Tropical-looking carrot relatives with divided and toothed, yellow-green leaves 23 ft. long. In early summer, the plant sends up a thick, hollow stem to 6 ft. tall topped by a 4-ft.-wide, umbrella- shaped cluster of small flowers. Dramatic in a woodland garden. Grow in moist, rich soil. Propagate from seeds as soon as they ripen in fall. Because plants are taprooted and don't transplant well, sow seed in place. To prolong plant's life for a few years, cut out the flowering stem as soon as it forms. Best in Upper South
A. archangelica. Native to northern Europe and western Asia. Green stem topped by greenish yellow flowers. Leaves are a nice addition to salads; the leafstalks can be cooked and eaten like asparagus. Both leafstalks and hollow flower stems can be candied and used to decorate pastries. Seeds are used commercially in flavoring spirits, candies, and cakes.
A. atropurpurea. PURPLESTEM ANGELICA. Native from Newfoundland to Delaware and the Smoky Mountains. Purple stem capped by greenish white blossoms. This species was used by Native Americans to soothe an upset stomach.