Asitaba, Ashitiba

Angelica keiskei

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Angelica (an-JEL-ee-kuh) (Info)
Species: keiskei (KAY-skee-ee) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bolinas, California

Los Angeles, California

Raleigh, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 21, 2015, kreidebrei from Blue Mountains
Australia wrote:

The seeds are difficult to come buy and expensive. I had these seedlings twice, planted them out and they disappeared the next day. So make sure that you protect them!


On Mar 18, 2012, BoTierra from Bolinas, CA wrote:

Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei) is without a doubt one of the most exciting discoveries we have made in our plant trials here at the BoTierra Biodiversity Research Center.
This amazing medicinal super-food from the Longevity Islands of Japan has been know for centuries as a healing herb and leafy green vegetable and is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and fiber, containing the rare key factor - chalcones: bio-flavonoids with high levels of anti-oxidant activity exceeding that of red wine and green tea. Ashitaba is one of the few vegetable sources of vitamin B-12 not derived from animal or sea plants.
The list of health benefits attributed to this member of the celery family runs on for pages. It is presently being investigated for: blood pressure... read more