Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 36-108 inches
Plant Spread: 20-35 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Fragrant
Other: Dark green, glossy, upright compound leaves
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Vegetable
Edible Parts: Stem
Leaves
Roots
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Provide darkness
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Needs no stratification.
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees

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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 10-01-16Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the stems of a Lovage plant , on
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-178 feet +
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2014-04-08early spring new growth
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Location: Herb area - full sunDate: 2014-06-17
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Location: TwispDate: 2016-06-20
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2011-07-13
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2014-03-13Emerging in spring
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Location: Herb area - full sunDate: 2014-06-17
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-07-01
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Location: Herb area - full sunDate: 2014-06-17The fresh, new, green leaves are nice in place of celery in salad
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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Apr 8, 2014 12:04 PM

A perennial herb here in zone 5.
I use this plant's leaves as a substitute for celery in things like potato salad and soups. Has a stronger flavor than most celery. The stems are hollow and are used by some as straws for the drink Bloody Mary. Dried leaves retain a lot of flavor.
Will self sow. I deadhead before it goes to seed because one plant is all I need, but I do let it flower because it appears to be very attractive to many insects.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 9:12 PM

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a perennial herb. Its tall height makes it suitable for the back of the garden. Lovage has a long history of culinary use in Europe. Its leaves can be used in teas and salads or as a seasoning, its seeds can be used as a flavoring or spice, and its roots are also edible as a vegetable.

Lovage also serves as a larval host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2014 12:48 PM

Very tall plant that needs elbow room, but is fairly good at self-supporting. I cut the flowering stalks back to about 3' as soon as each starts to lean, which extends the season a bit. Spreads to about a 2' clump in a year or so. Self-seeds.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 13, 2016 1:14 PM

I've got several plants from Fedco seed. They're still young, but the leaves grow so tall that I can imagine the plants being huge when they're mature. To me, the fragrance smells a lot like curry. Very interesting, but I have yet to use it.

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