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How to grow and choose Angelica?

MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
Which variety would you recommend, plain yellow/green or red gigas?
How and where should I start? Seeds, small plants etc? 
And when should I start?


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,407
    You only need one plant, every year thereafter you will have to weed some out!
    You could probably start a few seeds now, as mine has set seed and will be dropping them soon - if I don't cut it down first! They are big plants and look better uncrowded.

    As for green or red , it really depends on what effect you are after. The red is a stunning architectural plant, the green is just as good a shape, but less in your face.
    Mine is green, as I keep hoping that one day I will get around to candying the stems - you hardly ever see proper candied angelica now and I love it.
  • It’s a beautiful plant but be careful if you cut it when it’s sunny. I did and unbeknown to me some sap must have gotten on my skin and the next day I ended up with sore blisters that turned out to be known as phytophotodermatitis. The soreness took about 1-2 weeks to calm down but the redness took about twelve months.

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I planted mine last year but this year it couldn't get off the ground. It was coated in slugs every evening. I tried everything but it was their go to plant this spring. Just keep an eye out.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,685
    If you are growing from seed, it needs to be fresh seed sown at once. Dried out seed sown the following Spring will not germinate.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    It's definitely a slug banquet!
    A beautiful plant if you can protect it.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Thank you. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,407
    Apart from the first one, which I planted, mine have seeded themselves and come up in the grass. I leave one or two that are in suitable positions and remove the others.
    Even in this wet and sluggy garden have never had a problem with them. The current one however is suffering from its encounters from my rogue sheep!
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Oh to have a rogue sheep... :)
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845
    Mine is in an old wooden crate! Works well
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Is that the sheep or angelica lillypilly?
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