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Angelica atropurpurea

purple stemmed angelica

This plant's large white umbels contrast with its deep purple stems, which reach heights of up to ten feet. Occasional pruning early in the season will keep this plant at a manageable height. The stems are edible, with a texture similar to that of celery. It's a great food plant for butterflies, and serves as host for the Short-tailed swallowtail butterfly's caterpillar.

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Height: 3-8 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Host Plant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant

North American Distribution

Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust
Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust