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Angelica keiskei - (Miq.)Koidz.                
                 
Common Name
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
Synonyms Archangelica keiskei. Miq.
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  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

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.


USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


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.

Angelica keiskei


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Angelica keiskei
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Habitats       
 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].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
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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Expert comment                                         
 
      
Author                                         
(Miq.)Koidz.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
58275
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[58]Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation)
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
[105]Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World.
The most comprehensive guide to edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
[116]Brooklyn Botanic Garden Oriental Herbs and Vegetables, Vol 39 No. 2.
A small booklet packed with information.
[177]Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption.
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[275] Flora of Japan
An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.

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

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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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