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Angelica keiskei - (Miq.)Koidz.
Common Name
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All members of this genus contain furocoumarins, which increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and may cause dermatitis[238].
Habitats Damp habitats by the sea coast, C. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Japan
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Angelica keiskei

Angelica keiskei
Physical Characteristics
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Angelica keiskei is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to October, and the seeds ripen from Jul to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Archangelica keiskei. Miq.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105, 116, 177]. Root - cooked[105]. It is often pickled[177]. The root is short and thick[275].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know how hardy it will be in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[200]. Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[200].
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[200]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[200]. 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.
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Readers comment
Elizabeth H.
Tue Nov 7 2006
dear sir you are requisted to please confirm me,nepales name of angelica keiskei, if you can this will be kind for me !! so please try properly. and you can send me email address nk7303@hotmail.com


Elizabeth H.
Wed Nov 14 2007
Angelica keiskei is the only Angelica plant that has yellow sap; this sap is high in the cancer-disease-fighting-antioxidants called chalcones. So test your Angelica plants for chalcones; the yellow sap should oooooze out of a boken stem. The common Japanese name is Ashitaba. It requires cold temperatures (40 days in refrigerator at 5 degrees; then at 75 degrees F).
Elizabeth H.
Thu Sep 6 2007
Angelica keiskei is called "Tomorrow Leaf" or the "Longevity Plant". Its powerful yellow-colored antioxidant is part of its unique medinal arsenal to fight diseases. People in Japan eat it as a vegetable, so please correct your edibility rating to a 5. Also, please correct your medicinal rating, from 0 to a 5. Angelica keiskei is being studied as a superplant which helps heart disease, HIV, AIDS, anti-aging, and more. One farmer cured his gout in a week by eating this plant.
Elizabeth H.
vasdev Tue Oct 9 2007
what is Angelica keiskei called in hindi, urdu or sindhi. please reply me on my email vasdevrathore@hotmail.com
Elizabeth H.
sillytan Wed Nov 26 2008

Tan's Camellia Garden

Elizabeth H.
yves cloutier Mon Dec 22 2008
Does anyone have any seed for Ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei)? Unfortunately Horizon Herbs is out and i would really like to start some seedlings indoors :(
Elizabeth H.
Wed Jul 1 2009
Please correct your edibility: STEMS are also edible, fresh or cooked. Just chew and suck on it: it's full of the medicinal yellow chalcones.
Elizabeth H.
tann Tue Aug 11 2009
prepare ashitaba drink by boiling cut leaves and stems for 2-3 hours in low heat and plenty of water.then add/no sugar to taste.... to prepare soup,just add salt or ingredient to taste Both taste very nice; simplier the better !!!

ashitaba keiskei see the real plants being grown in Cameron H'lands., Malaysia.

Daniel L.
Jul 4 2013 12:00AM
This plant will be most welcome in Israel's community gardens! We have seeds of numerous species, and we are interested in obtaining A. keiskei through seed exchangesq barter.
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