Coelopleurum lucidum

Common name:   Family: Umbelliferae
Author: (L.)Fernald. Botanical references: 43, 60
Synonyms: Coelopleurum maritimum, Coelopleurum longipes, Coelopleurum actaeifolium ((Michx.)Coult.&Rose.), Angelica lucida (L.)
Known Hazards: None known
Range: E. Asia – Siberia. Northern N. America – Alaska to northern California.
Habitat: Beaches and bluffs by the coast and occasionally inland in western N. America60. Rocky and gravelly coastal to sub-alpine meadows43.
Edibility Rating (1-5): 2 Medicinal Rating (1-5): 1
Other Possible Synonyms: From various places across the web, may not be correct. See below.
C. gmeliniiB,P C. lucidum ssp. gmeliniiB,P
Other Common Names: From various places around the Web, may not be correct. See below.
Bellyache Root E, Seacoast Angelica B, Wild Celery P,
Epithets: From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets
lucidum = shining, clear;
Systematics: From a UDSA Plants Database
Order: Apiales. Renamed to Apiaceae — Carrot family
Other Range Info: From the Ethnobotany Database

Physical Characteristics

Perennial growing to 1.2m. . The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. We rate it 2/5 for edibility and 1/5 for medicinal use.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Habitats and Possible Locations

Cultivated Beds.

Edible Uses

Condiment; Leaves; Stem.

Young stems and leafstalks – cooked

61 or peeled and eaten raw172. The seed is used as a flavouring172.

Medicinal Uses




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 in most parts of this country and could be resistant to maritime exposure. It is quite probable that this species is better included in the genus Angelica, as A. lucidaK. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun200.


Seed – best sown in a cold frame or in situ as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability200. Seed can also be stored and then sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination200. If sown in a seedbed or in pots, the plants should be planted out into their permanent positions as soon as possible1.