Giant Milk Parsley
Item #: 12119
Zones: 6a to 8b
Height: 96" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: Italy, Southeast Europe
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(aka: Angelica verticillaris) If you like Queen Anne's lace, you'll be blown away by the bold, architectural giant milk parsley, Peucedanum verticillare. Peucedanum verticillare is a short-lived perennial carrot-relative (Apiaceae) that forms a basal rosette of parsnip-like foliage, topped, starting in late May (NC) with broom-handle sized glaucous purple stalks that rise to 8' tall. Starting in late May (NC), the giant Queen Anne's lace-like inflorescences open atop the stalks, each composed of hundreds of small greenish-white flowers...a delight for garden pollinators. Peucedanum verticillare grows best in slightly moist soils (acidic to alkaline), where it will reseed if not dead-headed. Although toxic if eaten, Peucedanum verticillare has long been used as a diuretic and as a cure for flatulence, so underplant with beans and dine away.