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A dramatic sight with large, shiny, divided leaves and branched, purple stems topped with globe shaped flowerheads of dark crimson/purple, it can grow to a height of 1.8m. Appearing from late summer to autumn the flowers are extremely attractive to pollinators. A biennial, A.gigas will die after setting seed so must be re-sown annually. (Apiaceae seed needs to be sown as fresh as possible). When planting out it prefers a spot in shade with deep, moist soil.


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Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, China
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Korea

Angelica gigas Nakai

Genus: Angelica
Species: gigas Nakai
Common names: Purple Angelica; Korean Angelica
Distribution summary: China, Korea
Habit: Biennial
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Dry grassland, scrub, meadows, open woodland, roadsides
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants of the World (C), Far East (L)
Flowering months: July, August
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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