This is Angelica venenosa, one of two species of plants in the south known as Boar Hog Root. The other one is Levisticum officinale, aka “Lovage”. This hairy angelica plant just leafed out. I found it this morning. It commonly gets 4ft tall and blooms in late June. When I first found this species I thought it was Water Hemlock. It was a year before I figured out the differences. There is a reason it looks like Water Hemlock (Cicuta virosa). They are cousin’s. Both are in the “Parsley Family” which includes edible plants like carrots and parsnips, plus spices, such as anise, celery, chervil, coriander, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and of course, parsley. Lovage is also in the parsley family. The root of the plant is used as medicine. Bo Hog Root has a strong effect on an older man’s libido. It has an equally strong effect on a woman’s libido. This angelica can be used like other well-known Angelica species. They trigger the release of cortisol from our adrenal glands which supports digestion and raises blood sugar levels. Basically, the angelicas are used for a pale sickly person with little or no appetite. In native american medicinal tradition it’s known as “Bear Medicine”. Just out of hibernation bears were known to dig and eat the root of this plant. It boosted their digestive system and helped them put on weight immediately.