Pronounced: (an-jel-i-kuh pa-chee-kar-pa)
Angelica pachycarpa is an accent to a planter or within the landscape. Growing up to 3' x 1.5' with beautiful umbels of creamy white to light green flowers. Plant in soil with good drainage where it can receive full sun. This herbaceous perennial has a short-lived lifespan of approximately 2 years, but it will set seed and spring up again. Though it is classified as a perennial, we have observed semi-evergreen behaviors here in Portland, and rather than completely dying back, its growth slows and remains green for most of the winter season. Not yet well-known in many gardens, but its unique beauty and ease of care lend it to be a sound choice.
Pronounced (seh-seh-lee goo-me-fair-um)
Quite similar to the habit of Angelica pachycarpa, this semi-evergreen is technically a biannual, that can be forced to be perennial by pruning the flowers to the ground as soon as they die and before they go to seed. If choosing not to maintain them in this way, they will behave as a biannual by blooming their second year, and then self-seeding. A quirky addition to a drought tolerant landscape, this wonderful specimen is showing without much maintenance work at all. Silvery fern-like leaves emerge from a central growing stem, with large umbels of white flowers emerging the second year. Does not die back in the winters in Portland, lending it to be a semi-evergreen rather than a true perennial. Not commonly seen in many Portland gardens, though it is an excellent choice for the gardener or homeowner seeking a unique, low maintenance, and drought tolerant landscape!