General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet 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
Other: Dark green, glossy, upright compound leaves
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Stem
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
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

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Lovage (Levisticum officinale).

Common names
  • Lovage
  • Maggi Herb

Photo Gallery
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 10-01-16
Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the stems of a Lovage plant , on
Location: Taos County, New Mexico, USA
Date: 2019-06-12
Mature Lovage
Location:  zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2022-06-04
Location: Twisp
Date: May
Location: Herb area - full sun
Date: 2014-06-17
Location: Calgary, Canada
Date: 2018-01-27 
After chilling and back to warmth
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-06-18
This is a great plant for pollinators.
Location: My garden
Date: April 2019
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-04-08
early spring new growth
Location: Herb area - full sun
Date: 2014-06-17
Location: Twisp
Date: 2016-06-20
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-17
8 feet +

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2015-07-01
Photo by tinpins
Location: Herb area - full sun
Date: 2014-06-17
The fresh, new, green leaves are nice in place of celery in salad
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-03-13
Emerging in spring
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-08-01
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-13
Young plant.
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2011-07-13

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
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Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-06-29

Credit florum

Credit florum

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-20
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-04
Location: Benicia, CA
Date: 2014-06-15
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  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Apr 8, 2014 12:04 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 23, 2014 9:12 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2014 12:48 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 13, 2016 1:14 PM concerning plant:
    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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