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Angelica pachycarpa
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Angelica pachycarpa

Angelica

Angelica

Long known as an important herbaceous healer, Angelica dignifies the border with its strongly sculptural presence. Many members of this genus are three-year biennials, and in the first year, a mass of coarse leaves provide lush infill, which softens the spires of spiky perennials. In the second year, strong stalks host bold umbels that command attention in the garden or in an arrangement. If you cut the blooms before the seed sets, you might be rewarded with flowers for three or even four years. Angelica thrives in a moist, well drained spot.

Angelica pachycarpa full sun  partial shade

The sizable rounded mound of this Angelica‘s lustrous dark green foliage looks like a parsley plant on steroids. Endemic to New Zealand, its copious deeply fingered leaves offer handsome deer resistant support to the fanciful and fragrant snowy umbels that crown strong stalks. Growing as an undemanding somewhat short-lived perennial, but offering up seedlings as a consolation, Angelica pachycarpa‘s bold leaves bring fantastic architecture to a good-sized con- tainer or the border, especially when grouped with Actaea, ‘Brunette’ or Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’.

Blooms April–June

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Angelica pachycarpa (P-0829)
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