Wild Angelica, Flora in Co. Mayo

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Angelica is an umbelliferous plant which grows about 80 and 200 cm tall. It can be found in damp habitat and grassland, in woodlands or along streams and rivers banks.

It has tiny green-white flowers, often tinged with pink and arranged in many clusters with 20-30 rays. The leaves are large, shiny and regularly toothed; the stalk is purplish. It flowers from July to September.

In the past it was eaten as a vegetable and used for dyeing cloth. Traditionally it was used to treat rheumatism, gout and indigestion or to flavour liqueurs.

Its botanic name is Angelica Sylvestris, in Irish it is called Gallfheabhrán.

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