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Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
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angelica 'Vicar's Mead'

A biennial or short-lived perennial. Upright purple stems and divided leaves, with large, rounded pink/purple flower heads in late summer to autumn.

Synonyms
Angelica 'Vicar's Mead'
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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Clay
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Green Purple
Summer Purple Pink Purple Green Purple
Autumn Purple Pink Purple Green Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Apiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Angelica are large biennials or herbaceous perennials, some monocarpic, with pinnately or palmately divided leaves and small white or purple flowers in large umbels

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe; do not cover as seeds require light to germinate. Transplant seedlings while small; larger plants resent disturbance

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Flowering stems can be cut down in autumn, or leave over winter and remove in spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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