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Levisticum officinale - Plant

Levisticum officinale - Plant
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Levisticum officinale, commonly called lovage, is a culinary herb that is often grown in herb gardens.
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Description for Levisticum officinale

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Lovage, Levisticum officinale, is a tall perennial plant, the sole species in the genus Levisticum in the family Apiaceae, subfamily Apioideae, tribe Apieae. Small umbels of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers appear in spring. Ternately compound, deeply divided, dark green leaves resemble flattened parsley or celery leaves.

Common name(s): Lovage, bladderseed
Flower colours: Greenish yellow
Bloom time: May to June
Max reacahble height: 3 to 6 feet
Difficulty to grow:: Medium

Planting and care

Lovage looks a bit like celery but is in the carrot family. The plants may grow up to 6 feet and bears lacy thick green foliage. The flowers are yellow and held in umbrella-shaped umbels.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Average, medium moisture, loam, well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Levisticum officinale

  • Lovage is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite medium to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year.
  • Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

Typical uses of Levisticum officinale

Special features: Herb garden. Also has ornamental value and good height for a back corner of the border or for naturalized areas or wild gardens.

Culinary use: The leaves can be used in salads. The seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel seeds.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2341672
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=k850
  • Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lovage/growing-lovage.htm

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