- Position: full or partial shade
- Soil: deep, moist, fertile, loamy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August and September
- Hardiness: fully hardy (but short-lived)
This angelica is a stunning, architectural plant that will add height and drama to a border. It produces dome-shaped heads of plum-purple flowers on red-tinted stems in August and September and it has pretty, deeply cut leaves. Try it at the back of a sunny, herbaceous or mixed border, where the flowerheads will attract bees. It performs best in moist, fertile soil. This plant is usually short-lived and will die back after setting seed.
- Garden care: To prevent the plant from self-seeding, deadhead after flowering. Even if you leave the seedheads, it tends not to self seed as freely as other angelicas, so needs to be replaced regularly.
“The domed, beetroot-red heads and thick stems of this branching biennial angelica can dominate a summer border - but they need a sunny position and a pale backdrop to show off those dark architectural stems”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer