Help Identifying this plant

cindyloubearsJune 7, 2012

Went for a walk on the bike path today and saw this plant near the creek..I have seen something similar in a garden type city planter in Wisc and was stumped as to what it is.. I can tell you that it stands about 7ft tall.

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I'd say Angelica sp. though since water hemlock can look very similar, it is always best to leave these plants be in the wild.

As far as a plant in a city planter looking like this, then it was probably Angelica archangelica or simply "angelica." It is a beautiful biennial plant. It is quite stately and interesting in the garden when it is blooming. On a garden tour I was once on, most of the folks were ooohing-and-ahhhing over the angelica in bloom though they couldn't guess what it was. It is pretty common to herb gardeners but not the ornamental/flower garden types that these folks were. Your local nurseries probably carry it in their herb section.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 5:11PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Looks like Angelica atropurpurea, which is not uncommon along streams in IL.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 6:31PM
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