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Lovage

Levisticum officinale

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A green leafy plant often used in salads and soups. The taste a bit stronger than celery and parsley. The fragrance, when leaves are crushed, make this a wonderful addition to meals and the pretty leaves make an interesting addition to the kitchen or vegetable garden. It is one of the plants considered to grow in old medicinal gardens - hence the '' officinale" reference in the botanical name!

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick as needed!

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring and keep moist.
Division
Divide the plant when clusters multiply.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe and Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
It will help keep electrolytes in the body, especially valuable during illness.
Edible
The leaves are used as flavouring soups, stews and fresh in salads. The seeds as spice and the roots as vegetable.

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free.

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