Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica) [10 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require a good bit of patience and some experimentation. The easiest approach is to purchase and surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice and slugs so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in moderately warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 to 4 weeks, then try the artificial chilling period.

Additional info: I sowed some of these seeds on a moist paper towel on March 1, 2021, put it in a plastic bag, and put it in a bright place around 60°F. The first seed germinated on March 13, another one on March 14, and four on March 15, so far (today is March 15). I also sowed some of the seeds in moist potting mix on the same day and put them under lights at 70° to 75°F on March 1. As of today, none of those seeds are showing signs of sprouting yet. I suspect that cooler temperatures are optimal for sprouting.

While getting the plants started can be challenging, they are quite likely to produce self-sown seedlings if you let the seeds mature on the plants.

Note that this information will not appear on the seed packet you receive.

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Korean angelica (Angelica gigas) produces broad foliage clumps in its first year. The clumps shoot up into stout, 5- to 6-foot-tall, deep purple flowering stems in the second or third summer, with plump buds that split open to reveal domed, deep reddish purple flowerheads. The heads are often loaded with wasps, bees, and other pollinators. (The wasps may sound like a bad thing, but they’re so busy haunting the flowers that they’re unlikely to bother any respectful garden visitor. And anyway, the plants are so tall that you’ll keep them toward the middle or back of a border, where no one is likely to get too close to the flowers.)

Korean angelica pairs handsomely with summer-blooming shrubs, such as hydrangeas; upright ornamental grasses, such as ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora); and tall flowering perennials, such as Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum), ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus), and white Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba). It can make an interesting cut flower in a large arrangement, too, if you can bear to remove it from your garden display. Full sun to light shade; average to moist soil. Usually biennial but sometimes a monocarpic perennial (meaning that it may take more than two growing seasons to bloom but will then die after it does); Zones 4 or 5 to 9.

Collected in mid October 2022. Only a small amount, so limit 1 packet per person. At least 10 seeds. Please note that these seeds have papery “wings” and pieces tend to break off in the packet during shipment; it may look a bit messy but it doesn’t seem to harm the seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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2 reviews for Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica) [10 Seeds]

  1. Stephen Jones (verified owner)

  2. Janet K. (verified owner)

    growing in nursery bed

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