Lovage - Seeds
Description for Lovage
Levisticum officinale is the scientific name of the Lovage. It is a tall perennial plant. Ternately compound, deeply divided, dark green leaves resemble flattened parsley or celery leaves. The flowers are produced in globose umbels. Life span of this plant may be up to 100 days.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Lovage, bladder seed||Greenish-yellow||Spring||Up to 2 m||Medium to grow|
Planting and care
Sow a few into a small pot filled with seed compost and cover with a thin layer of perlite. Sow seeds 5mm deep. Place in a warm climate to germinate. Germination takes 10-14 days. Keep soil moist until they are established. When seedlings are large enough, prick out into individual pots. Plant out well rooted plants into the garden in late spring or early summer. Plant the seedlings 24 to 36 inches apart, 3 to 5 feet between rows.
|Full sun to part shade||Moist, loamy, well-drained soil||Medium||20 to 30 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer.|
Caring for Lovage
- Cut back in autumn/summer.
- Pluck out the weeds if grown near to the plant.
- Larger clumps can be replanted.
- Look for bugs or blight disease and apply insecticide or bactericide/fungicide.
Leaves are best picked before plants start to flower.
Typical uses of Lovage
Special features: Aroma and taste
Culinary use: This plant can be a part of herb gardens for the celery-like flavor of its leaves, stems, roots and seeds.
Ornamental use: It has an ornamental value.
Medicinal use: It is traditionally used in herbal medicines.
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