Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica, is a biennial plant cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. Its appearance is similar to several poisonous species (Conium, Heracleum, and others), and should not be consumed unless it has been identified with absolute certainty. During its first year it grows only leaves, but, during its second year, its fluted stem can reach a height of two meters. The flowers, which blossom in July, are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish, are grouped into large, globular umbels which bear pale yellow, oblong fruits. Angelica grows only in damp soil, preferably near rivers or deposits of water.