(Levisticum officinale) Perennial. A hidden gem in the world of herbs. Lovage is an ancient plant with a flavor that resembles a mix of parsley and celery. A few leaves go a long way to imparting deep, rich flavor to stock or salads. This exceptional herb is also known to stimulate digestion and has mild antiseptic properties for medicinal use.
These productive, pale green plants can grow 6’ tall and return season after season. Easy to start from seed.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|60-65||1/4"||10-14||12”||12"||Partial to Full|
Sow outside 2-4 weeks before average last frost. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before average last frost.
Lovage can be slow to germinate and stays small for some time, but eventually grows to one of the largest plants of the herb garden. Be patient!
Lovage has been cultivated since the time of Pliny (23-79AD). It was used a good deal as a herbal remedy for sore throats as well as an aphrodisiac.
The roots, stems, and leaves of lovage have been used for medicinal purposes, especially as a diuretic. Chewing the leaves was said to sweeten the breath, and the seeds were crushed and taken for improving digestion.
Outer leaves can be picked 6-8 weeks from sowing until the first frost. Young leaves have the best taste and texture. Prune flower stalks to prolong harvesting of leaves, or let plants set seed and use seeds as a salt substitute, spice, or for sowing next season. Harvest the seeds once they start to turn brown and store in an airtight jar after they are completely dry.
Lovage improves the flavor and health of most plants. Plant with beans, beets, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumber, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, squash.