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Ligusticum apiifolium
celery-leaf wild lovage, parsely-leaf wild lovage

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.

Habitat: Low elevation woodland slopes, prairies, and thickets.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat branched, usually glabrous perennial from a taproot, 4-10 dm. tall.


Leaves 2-3 pinnate, the ultimate leaflets up to 5 cm. long and 4 cm. wide, varying from toothed to deeply cleft; basal leaves large and long-petiolate, the cauline leaves well developed but progressively smaller and shorter-petiolate upward.


Inflorescence of compound umbels, rays 12-30, 2.5-6 cm. long; involucre and involucels wanting; calyx teeth obscure; petals five, white.


Fruit broadly elliptic, 3-5.5 mm. long, glabrous, the ribs raised but not winged.

Accepted Name:
Ligusticum apiifolium (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts vii. 1868.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cynapium apiifolium
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ligusticum apiifolium in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ligusticum apiifolium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ligusticum apiifolium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ligusticum apiifolium photos.

USDA Plants: Ligusticum apiifolium information.

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