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Angelica gigas

(Purple parsnip)

Rating: 🌻🌻

Light: ☀️⛅

Deer resistant: yes 🦌

Moisture: not fussy

Size: 60” H x 36” W

Bloom: Large umbels of dark maroon flowers in August.

Garden zone: 4

Angelica gigas is an imposing, stout biennial plant with large, fingered leaves. In August, umbels of dark maroon flowers appear atop tall, sturdy stems. The flowers are irresistible to pollinating insects, including bees, wasps and hornets, who work the flowers with crazed intensity. Angelica is a biennial, blooming and expiring in its second year. Leave seed pods on the plant to produce seedlings which can propagate for coming seasons, or replace annually. It is impressive enough to deal with its fleeting existence.