Wild Angelica

Wild Angelica

Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) is a common herb in Poland. It grows in lower sections of the mountains. The plant can reach the height of 50 do 150 cm. Angelica is a biennial producing foliage the first year and stems and flowers the second. It dies back in the winter. Its root has medicinal properties and can be used to cure common cold, lung diseases, relieve rheumatism and stimulate kidneys. Wild angelica (Angelica Sylvestris) can be confused with European Water Hemlock, which is poisonous. Do not collect angelica yourself under any circumstances! The name of he plant reflects the legend that an angel revealed its special virtues to a monk during a time of plague. Angelica wasn't believed to cure the plague but protect against it; a piece of root was held in the mouth as an antiseptic. Photo taken at Wyznianaski Pass at 855 meters. Bieszczady Mountains. July 10, 2007
on Jul 20, 2007 2:34 am
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 314087


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luciano - Aug 27, 2007 4:04 am - Voted 10/10

Beatuful work

Thanks for your shots and for descriptions too.


Henryk - Aug 27, 2007 9:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Beatuful work

Thank you very much for your comment and vote. Greetings. Henryk


lcarreau - Mar 28, 2008 7:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Natural beauty !

The most interesting wild herb I have ever seen! The plague was really a terrible killer, and glad people could somehow escape from its grip. Take care, Henryk !
- Larry


Henryk - Mar 30, 2008 3:07 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Natural beauty !

Thank you for the comment. I also like this plant a lot. I see it every year on many of my hikes. Greetings, Henryk

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