A developing 'Lovage' (Levisticum officinale) plant. Image by Hugo.arg under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.


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The seeds are aromatic and used in cakes.
Levisticum officinale

'Lovage' plants grows fifty inches in height, or taller, and produce umbels (clusters) of beautiful yellow flowers. Over the centuries it has been used as both a medicinal and culinary herb but it is not grown almost exclusively as an ornamental and to flavor confections. Its seeds are aromatic and used in cakes, while its young leafstalks and stems can be blanched and used like celery in soups and salads. Fresh leaves and stems can be finely chopped and used to enhance the flavor of meat-based soups and stews. It is also used in an old English cordial, simply named "Lovage."

The flowers are perfect (having both male and female organs), are self-fertile, but attractive to pollinating insects. The plants flower from July into August with seed ripening from August into September. 'Lovage' is a hardy perennial and once established, it is not tender and will over-winter down to USDA zone 4. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 75 seeds.
Medicinal Herbs  'Lovage' was historically used for its carminative and diuretic properties.[1,2] In actuality, the roots contain a heavy, volatile oil, that is is technically a mild aquaretic, and not a true diuretic. For medicinal purposes, the root, leaves and seeds were all used to create various medicines and cures.
I started this herb two years ago and it has done pretty well in my overcrowded herb bed. It wasn't until last year that I started harvesting it, and although it looks and smells similar to celery, WOW, does it have a strong flavor! I've used it in soups as a celery replacement, in much smaller quantities than I would use even garden celery. Even a tiny bite packs a serious celery-like flavor that is very refreshing and invigorating. I'm excited to discover this very easy to care for perennial herb!
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