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Angelica atropurpurea (Purplestem angelica)
Brundage, Stephanie

Angelica atropurpurea

Angelica atropurpurea L.

Purplestem Angelica

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Synonym(s): Angelica atropurpurea var. occidentalis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate , Tripinnate
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Inflorescence: Umbel
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: White to greenish.


USA: CT , DE , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Habitat: Riparian,Swamp/Marsh

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Short-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio brevicauda)

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Short-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio brevicauda)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Angelica atropurpurea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Angelica atropurpurea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Angelica atropurpurea


Record Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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