The root of Angelica gigas is a fixture in chinese medicine, used against plethora diverse ailments, such as: heartburn, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, arthritis, circulation problems, “runny nose”, nervousness, plague, and trouble sleeping.
Traditionally, women have also employed angelica root as an abortifacient.
A short-lived perennial, Angelica can grow to a height of 2 metres in moist, semi-shaded soil. It is native to the stream- and riverbanks of Japan, China, and Korea. The flowers are umbellate, measuring 5-8 cm across, and many gardeners grow them for their rather alien-looking buds, as well as their stunning inflorescence.
You can purchase seeds of Angelica gigas to grow in your garden:
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Photos: Hardyplants, Rob’s Plants, Derrière les murs de mon jardin