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Angelica gigas

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Angelica (an-JEL-ee-kuh) (Info)
Species: gigas (JY-gas) (Info)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

48 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ninamarieak On Aug 10, 2014, ninamarieak from Willow, AK wrote:

Grows well in southcentral Alaska; zones 3-5. Not a biennial here though, its a three year version. In case I missed it, does it have a three year cycle in other locations. Just wanted to get Alaska on the list as one of the places it grows well.

Positive JenDion On Sep 16, 2013, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Large plant, with bold foliage and even more bold flower heads. Always gets attention. Bees (and Grasshoppers) love the flowers. My garden won't be without it!

Positive VA_GARDEN On Nov 8, 2009, VA_GARDEN from Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I put this plant in some time before 1995. A flood in 1995 wiped out the section of the garden where it was planted. Several years later I finally rehabilitated that area, and this spectacular plant reappeared. Bumblebees are absolutely crazy about the blooms, as are many other insect pollinators. It isn't unusual too see 5 or 6 bumblebees on each flower head. It is a biennial for me, and self seeds modestly. Seedlings are easy to transplant if you catch them when they're still small. It thrives in moist soil at the edges of my woodland garden, and at 5 or 6 feet really makes a statement. It is also a great cut flower, lasting a good 2 weeks in a vase.

Positive jgaughran On Aug 27, 2005, jgaughran from Chappaqua, NY wrote:

I am embarrassed to say that I don't remember planting these plants, but they are so beautiful. Almost medieval looking, or like something from an Aubrey Beardsley drawing. Tall, elegant and a little odd. I hope they self-seed for me, as I'd like to see very many more of them. Will also try to winter sow them this winter. I have them in a woodland garden, where their maroon umbrels look lovely near a bloodgood japanese maple. They'd also look nice at the back of a border.

Positive janner On Sep 2, 2003, janner wrote:

I acquired this plant three years ago at a horticultural society sale. It has been transplanted once when we moved.(It has acted as a perennial for me - I have not removed seed heads and so far it has not self-sown).It was in full shade at our old house and is in part shade now and doing well. Any reading I have done suggests moist soil however I am in southern Ontario, Canada and the angelica has been subject to heat and drought and is still thriving. It is an interesting addition to my perennial garden and illicits many comments.

Positive welshherblady On Sep 20, 2002, welshherblady from Isle of Anglesey,North Wales
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the UK- grown from seed easily and planted in Herb Field - has grown very well and self seeds readily! To collect seed - await until seedheads are dry and collect in brown paper bag- label and store in cool dark place until needed.
Very attractive plant.

Neutral poppysue On May 29, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This angelica species is a Native to China and Korea. It grows up to 6 feet tall with diamond shaped leaflets forming leaves 24 inches long. Stems are dark purple in color and the blooms are a dense umbel of rich purple flowers. Plants are biennial and prefer a rich soil in partial shade. If spent blooms are left to mature self sown seedlings will appear the following year. Removal of the spent blooms increases the chances of the parent plant returning after winter


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama
Willow, Alaska
Morrilton, Arkansas
Fairfield, California
San Jose, California
Denver, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
Bardstown, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Marietta, Mississippi
Belton, Missouri
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Chappaqua, New York
East Greenbush, New York
Lake Placid, New York
Schenectady, New York
Clyde, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Galena, Ohio
Millrift, Pennsylvania
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Providence, Rhode Island
Austin, Texas
Hood, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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