This is one of the good guys. It tastes good! In pioneer days, the root was used as flavoring, and to make candy. The stalks can be eaten like celery, and are said to taste much the same. Strangely, there is almost no record of Indians having eaten it. They did use it as medicine and in sorcery. The Iroquois used it to punish evil people. Not sure how that worked? Purplestem angelica grows in wet places in CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VT, WI, WV, LB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/13/10.