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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: to 6 feet (180 cm)
Plant Spread: 3 feet (90 cm)
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green white
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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By wildflowers on August 18, 2013

Do you want to attract bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds to your garden? The best way to lure pollinators into your garden is to plant things they love. Pollinators love wildflowers. These are a few of my favorites that are loved by pollinators and are easy to grow.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 12:57 PM

This is considered a hardy biennial. In northern climates it can get quite large, but here in the south it might grow to about 1 foot tall at best. This plant doesn't really like southern heat, so it is not the best choice, but apparently I like a challenge, and I will continue to try growing it, although I failed in my last efforts. The hard part is finding fresh seeds when they are best to plant, in August.

Often called the "herb of the angels" and the "root of the holy spirit," this is an edible and medicinal herb. In folklore it was associated with the Archangel Michael, and during the Great Plague in the 17th century the roots were chewed for protection against the infection. It was also used as a blood purifier. The roots, leaves, seeds, and stems are also edible. It can be sown from ripe seeds, which are best planted in August, or propagated by root division. For culinary purposes, the stems and leaves are best harvested in June. Young stems are candied in sugar. The seeds and roots have been used in making liqueurs.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 30, 2013 6:07 AM

Angelica is a biennial. Plants can be perennial if prevented from setting seed.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 2, 2013 10:49 AM

Medicinal herb which may be used for menstrual pains, anemia, fatigue, anorexia, thrombosis, psoriasis, arthritis, and gland swelling. Legend claims angelica was revealed by Archangel Michael to cure the plague. This is an absolute bee-magnet when blooming. I have had good luck simply letting some of the seeds mature and shaking them around when ripe. In the early spring, it is easy to thin the new seedlings and to also limit the number of second year seedlings to maintain a steady population.

Vinegar of the Four Brigands: Finely chop 2 oz of rosemary, sage, peppermint, and angelica root. Place in large jar and steep in wine vinegar for 2 weeks. Take by spoonful internally for infectious diseases, and use the vinegar externally to disinfect and cleanse. This was used during the Black Plague.

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