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Angelica gigas

 
Angelica gigas
Korean angelica
Angelica gigas
Flower unfurling like a burgundy alien monstrosity. How cool!

Common name Korean angelica
Family apiaceae
Life cycle biennial (Z6-8)
Flowers purple (late summer-fall)
Size 6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil
From seed Seed is short-viable. Sow soon after harvesting; will germinate at room temperature.
detailed seed-starting info below

After many failed attempts to grow angelica from seed, I picked up a cellpack with many seedlings from the HPS/MAG spring plant sale two years ago. Even though it's supposed to be a biennial, it didn't bloom the following year, staying as a smallish plant through the season. But finally, this is the year of flowers. The plants are much larger, starting to reach for the sky. I thought that the bulgy pods I spotted by mid-summer were flower buds, but as the photos below show, they are actually the way the leaves and stalks progress upwards. But then, by late August, a real flowerbud. Now I hope they self-seed.

Korean angelica
Angelica gigas
Korean angelica
After a December snowfall, the remaining seedheads contrast nicely with the bright surroundings.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: around shed

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 garden, stored cold between harvest and sowing (about 1 month). Baggy 70F, with some exposure to light (67%G, 12-19d). Also baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (65%G, 6-12d)

Previous attempts with traded seed had been unsuccessful, either at room temperature or with cold treatment. With fresh and cold-stored seed, it looks like a cold stage neither helps nor hurts.


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