Wild Angelica - Angelica sylvestris

Alternative names

A tall robust almost hairless plant often reaching one metre in height and sometimes 2 metres. Stems are hollow, ridged and often tinged purple. Flowers white or pinkish 2 mm in umbels. The developing umbels partially enclosed in inflated sheaths.

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Glabrous, or nearly so; hollow stems; upper leaves with strongly inflated petioles; fruits flattened, oval, with thin membraneous lateral wings


Damp meadows, ditches and woods.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 328 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native; occasional

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Wild Angelica
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/01/1979 (Patricia Evans)
Last record:
25/11/2023 (Cook, Joni)

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Phytomyza angelicae

The larvae of the fly Phytomyza angelicae mine the leaves of Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris). The mine is on the upper surface and usually an oval or circular blotch. Several larvae often feed together. The blotch is generally greenish when fresh but then becomes more yellow with age.