23 May 2011

Angelica Gigas

In the winter of 2007/2008 I bought seeds from Chocolate Flower Farm so I could grow Angelica Gigas.
One plant from that seed-starting adventure has survived to grow up.

Fine Gardening has this photo of it in a garden.
The leaves are gorgeous. It's a biennial so I'm hoping for a flower this year and fresh seeds for next year. 

This flower looks like purple broccoli but to the bees it looks like a honeypot!
Heronswood catalog has the flower but I don't yet.

Plants for a Future's website has this spectacular shot of the bud opening which they borrowed from Wikipedia. Gorgeous, eh?

PFAF provides these growing tips
Perennial growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.

Do you grow it?

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