Angelica californica

California Angelica

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 6' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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The angelica are a small group of plants in the carrot family. In California, they are found predominantly in the northern half of the state. They grow in a variety of habitats as a low clump of compound leaves composed of lance shaped leaflets. Over these a flower stock arises composed of one or more umbels or panicles of small white flowers. California angelica grows in dry areas of partial shade. The flower stock rises to about six feet, topped with a large bright white umbel. Like other angelica it develops a deep tap root (the carrot) that allows it to tolerate very dry conditions, and it may be best to withhold all water once the plant is established. California angelica tolerates a range of solid conditions and prefers a setting of mostly shade. It is a good candidate for growing under oaks.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen