A tall plant of the umbelliferous kind, kept in our gardens for its use in medicine. The stalk is round, thick, hollow, and deeply striated or channelled. The leaves are very large, and they are each composed of a number of smaller; these are set on a divided stalk, and are short, broad, and indented at the edges. The flowers are small and yellow, the seed is striated, the root is brown, thick, and divided, and the fibres from it are numerous; it is of a hot aromatic taste.
The roots fresh dug work by urine, and are good against the jaundice. The seeds have the same effect also and they dispel wind. The dried root is a sudorific, and is good in fevers.