Coast Angelica

(Angelica hendersonii)
Coast Angelica
Coast Angelica is found on the coastal bluffs at the north end of Baker Beach and at Fort Point.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Angelica is Latin for "angelic."

Presidio Locations: Found in coastal bluff scrub.

Range In State: Northern and Central coastal California.

Description: This native perennial of the Carrot Family has numerous tiny white flowers in clusters forming multiple 5-6" umbels on a single, coarse, stout stalk up to 3 feet in height. A distinctive "puckered pod" forms at top of the stalk before flowers. Leaves are divided 2-3 times into rounded, toothed leaflets, woolly below. Hendersonii is named for Louis Fourniquet Henderson, early 19th century botanist. Blooms June to November.

Native Californian Uses: Heated leaves were used by the Ohlone for skin disorders. They treated headaches by inhaling the smoke from burning roots and applied burned twigs for rheumatic pains.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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