Angelica gigas

Korean angelica

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

An exotic-looking biennial which has shiny green, much-divided leaves, the upper ones of which are modified to form much-inflated purplish sheaths. The rather large, dark crimson-purple florets form distinctive, tight heads which, whilst being undeniably umbelliferous, are to a greater or lesser extent spherical in shape supported handsomely on their strong stems. These give colour to the border from June to early September and make splendid and unusual cut flowers. As a biennial, plants will naturally fade away after setting seed. For a continuing display, sow seeds in spring for flowers the following year.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Angelica

Species: gigas

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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