Angelica tomentosa
"Wooly Angelica"

Angelica tomentosa "Wooly Angelica"

A striking native habitat plant for a partly shaded bed or container. The handsome grey-green leaves reach 3’ long and are boldly incised into smaller leaflets. In Summer 3-5’ tall flower stalks rise above the foliage topped with poof-balls of fragrant white blooms held in loose clusters. Native to wooded areas along the coast and foothills of California, it adapts well to a wide range of soils. A wonderful habitat plant. The flowers attract a myriad of native and beneficial insects while the leaves are larval food plants for the Anise Swallowtail - a good alternative to the invasive and non-native wild fennel. The young leaves are edible and were enjoyed as spring greens by the Pomo Indians. Apparently it also has many medicinal and shamanic uses.

Part Shade
Avg./Low water

CA Native Perennials
USDA zones 8-9