is a striking biennial herb that I absolutely love. Tall, upright stems with bright green foliage, and fragrant flower heads blooming in midsummer add texture and interest to the garden.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9, in cooler areas, it can take up to 4 years to mature and set seed.
To get started, you can propagate angelica from fresh or dried seed, by planting transplants, or by dividing existing plants. Stem cuttings do not root successfully.
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Ways to Propagate Angelica
No matter which method you use, you will need to find a sunny site in your garden, and prepare a bed with rich, moist soil, mixing in some organic compost or manure.
information about how to grow angelica.
If you happen to have access to an established plant, starting from fresh seed is certainly the best option.
If you don’t have access to fresh seeds you can still grow angelica from dried seed, it just takes a bit more preparation and the germination rates will likely be lower.
From Seedlings or Transplants
You can also start fresh or dried seeds indoors and transplant the young seedlings into the garden. You want to plan to transplant your seedlings in spring.
If you are planning to harvest the root for medicinal use, I wouldn’t recommend propagating by division to allow roots to grow unimpeded through two seasons and become as large as possible.
For more information about this technique see our guide to dividing perennials.
All You Need is One!
Though it may take a bit of effort to get started, the good news is that once you have one – or two – established plants, they will take over most of the work for you, by self-seeding.
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Heather Buckner hails from amongst the glistening lakes of Minnesota, and now lives with her family on a beautiful homestead in the Vermont Mountains. She holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Tufts University, and has traveled and worked in many roles in conservation and environmental advocacy, including creating and managing programs based around resource conservation, organic gardening, food security, and building leadership skills. Heather is a certified permaculture designer and student herbalist. She is also a fanatical gardener, and enjoys spending as much time covered in dirt as possible!