(Angelica archangelica) Stately biennial plant exceeding six feet in height. Really makes an impact with its large compound leaves and, in its second year, its intricately fluted, hollow flower stem. The aromatic stems have a flavor similar to licorice--sweet tasting and useful in cakes and pastries. An essential ingredient of Chartreuse or Benedictine liqueur. The sweetly scented root is used medicinally for reputed value in fighting infection, improving energy and to stimulate circulation, and is even used in Hoodoo magic! Native to northern Europe and cultivated at least since the 10th century.