Mar. 26, 2020

Norwegian angelica, Angelica archangelica

One hesitates to show Norwegian angelica as a North American wildflower. We will probably never see it wild. But it is fascinating for its unexpected distribution. It's native to northern Europe, the Faeroe Islands, Iceland, and - wait for it! - Greenland. One can almost imagine it being brought west by Leif or Eric. It was certainly a plant they valued for food and flavor. Even now it is used to flavor vermouth and other beverages. Beal Gardens, MSU, 8/13/13. Parsley family, Apiaceae.