Angelica fallax H.Boissieu
Angelica sinuata H.Wolff
Angelica uchiyamae Y.Yabe
Angelica wolffiana Fedde ex H.Wolff
Conioselinum wolffianum (Fedde ex H.Wolff) Nakai
Peucedanum taquetii H. Wolff
Rompelia polymorpha (Maxim.) Koso-Pol.
Selinum coreanum H. Boissieu
Flowering plant, growing in the Aizu area, Fukushima pref., Japan
Photograph by: Qwert1234
Angelica polymorpha is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 50 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and possibly also as a food.
All members of this genus contain furocoumarins, which increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and may cause dermatitis[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea
Damp habitats in mountains, C. and S. Japan[
]. Forests, damp grasslands, streamsides; at elevations of 1,000 - 1,500 metres in China[
Species in this genus generally grow best in a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[
Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[
Leaves - cooked[
The plant is diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, oxytocic, sedative, tonic and vasoconstrictor[
]. It is used in the treatment of menstrual irregularities, metrorrhagia, meridian and passageway obstructions, rheumatism, boils and ulcers, traumatic injuries, anaemia, dryness (dehydration) and constipation[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[
]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring.
The seed can also be sow in situ as soon as it is ripe.