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Lovage: (Levisticum officinale ) This plant has leaves and seeds or fruit which are used to flavor food, especially in South European cuisine. It is a tall (3 to 9 ft) perennial that vaguely resembles its cousin celery in appearance and in flavor.
Growing Lovage: The leaves, stems and seeds of the plant all taste like celery. The most popular usage today is in soups and salads. Very hardy and much easier to grow than celery. Perennial with shiny, dark green leaves.
Benefit: Lovage attracts a large number of beneficial insects.
Site Preparation: Lovage prefers full sun to light shade and a rich, moist, well-drained soil. Before you plant, consider how much space can be devoted to growing this herb. Mature plants will reach 4-6 feet high, which makes it the perfect backdrop for any garden. Grows well in large containers, too!
How to Plant: Lovage grows well from seed. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Sow 1/4 inch deep. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days. Transplant after the danger of frost has passed and apply organic fertilizers to promote strong, healthy growth.