Angelica gigas, is a stunning late flowering umbellifer grown for its large purple umbels of flowers which are attractive to pollinating insects. It is also called Korean angelica, giant Angelica, purple parsnip, and dangquai. It is a monocarpic biennial or short-lived perennial plant from China, Japan and Korea where it inhabits forests, grasslands and banks of streams. The roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Angelica gigas is a stout plant that is 1 to 2 meters high with deep thick roots and purplish ribbed stem. Its leaf blades have a triangular-ovate outline. Korean Angelica has a20–40 × 20–30cm, 2–3-ternate-pinnate arrangement. The plant's purple umbel measures 5–8cm across. Its dark purple-red flowers, bloom in late summer.
Giant Angelica prefers moist soil and full sun or semi shade. Although it’s short lived nature, plants produce seeds abundantly; being a biennial (blooming second year and producing only foliage first) you will need to be careful to identify seedlings the first year, they are fairly small and can easily be overlooked if you are not aware of where they have germinated. Easily transplanted first or second year of growth.
Angelicas grow best in damp soil but is happy in ordinary garden soils as long as they are not too free draining and dry.
A very architectural plant supplied ready to plant in 9cm pots.