Large aromatic biennial herb. Use young leaves in salads or for tea (they have a slight licorice flavour). The stems can be peeled like celery or used to sweeten tart fruit like rhubarb. The stems are also often crystalised in sugar and used as sweets or to decorate cakes. Both roots and seeds can also be used as flavourings, and the roots have many medicinal uses, in particular for improving digestive disorders and blood circulation. Cut back flower heads to maintain the plant as a perennial, however allowing flowering will attract beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies. Dappled shade or full sun. Space plants 1m apart. Height to 2m. Certified organic plant.