Angelica is a biennial plant which is primarily cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. It prefers to grow in damp soils close to rivers and lakes and is rarely found in pastures. Angelica root is commonly used as a chief aromatic in gin making. It is also a popular ingredient in absinthes and bitters.
The essential oil found in angelica root contains high levels of terpenes such as β-phelladrene and α-pinene.