E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Angelica arguta Nutt.
sharptooth angelica (Lyall's angelica)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot; stems erect, 0.5-2.0 m tall.
Stem leaves compound with three major divisions, divided in turn once or twice again; leaflets hairy along the underside of the veins or glabrous, 4-14 cm long.
Inflorescence terminal, flat-topped, of umbrella-like clusters with 1-4 secondary clusters from the main stem; flowers white or sometimes pinkish.
Numerous, 4-7 mm long, glabrous, dorsal ribs narrowly winged.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist streambanks, meadows and open forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in extreme S BC; E to AB and S to WY, UT and N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Angelica arguta

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 2 1272 2127
Slope Gradient (%) 0 14 110
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 173 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 5 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(2), CWH(3), ESSF(79), ICH(46), IDF(41), MS(44), PP(4), SBPS(5), SBS(16)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Angelica arguta var. breweri (A. Gray) Di Tomaso
Angelica lyallii S. Watson

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