Flavorful leaves and seeds used for flavoring stews, soups, salads, pickles
As a culinary herb, lovage has a celery-like flavor, but richer with hints of fennel and curry. Use the stems, leaves, and seeds in the same fashion as celery. The hardy plants can be grown in most of the North.
Medicinal: As a medicinal herb, lovage is used as a tea for its diuretic effect, and as a carminative (relief of gas).Apiaceae Levisticum officinalis
This uncommon perennial is loved for its delicious leaves and stems that are great in salads and offer flavor to soups. Its flavor is often compared to its relative Celery, but is considered superior by many. The plants grow to be 5 or 6' tall.
- Ease of Growing
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- Growing Habit
Lovage is a hardy perennial that will die back to the ground in the winter, and grow again every season. Each season it comes back stronger than the season before until it has reached full maturity anywhere between 6 and 10'.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
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- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Lovage likes to be planted in a sunny spot, rich in organic matter and well-drained. The soil should be moisture retentive.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Plant outdoors when soil is at least 50˚F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
Keep soil fairly moist. A mulch will help to retain moisture.
Lovage does best in fertile soil.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost
- Small Gardens?
Lovage grown in containers may need to be potted up every year because it gets big.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
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- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Similar to celery in use and flavor. However, many prefer Lovage over Celery.