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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

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 Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Lovage, bladderseed Greenish yellow May to June 3 to 6 feet 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 Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade Average, medium moisture, loam, well-drained soil Medium 20 to 30 degrees C 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


  • 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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