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Lovage
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Levisticum
Species: Levisticum officinale
Synonyms
Garden lovage
Smallage
Plant Data
Mature height: 90-150cm (3-5ft)
Ideal pH range: 6.1 - 7.8
Sow depth: 1cm (½in)
Growing plant spacing: 30-60cm (1-2ft)
References: [1][2][3]
Hardiness Zones
Ideal Hardiness Zones
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Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a plant, the leaves and seeds or fruit of which are used to flavor food, especially in South European cuisine. It is a tall (3 to 9 ft) perennial that vaguely resembles its cousin celery in appearance and in flavor.

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Growing[]

Location[]

Choose a well-drained spot in a sunny position or in partial shade.[3]

Sowing[]

Sow seeds in autumn or spring in a drill 1cm (½in) deep, either in a seedbed or in the plant's final position.[3]

Thinning[]

When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them to 30cm (12in) apart; or transplant them to their final positions at the same spacing.[3] Bought plants should be planted in the same way.

Aftercare[]

During summer, remove any flowering stems to promote the growth of young leaves and to stop the plant from setting seed.[3]

At the end of the season cut down the stems to a few inches above ground level.[2]

Harvesting[]

Leaves can be picked as required from early summer into autumn.[3]

Troubles[]

Full troubles list: Apiaceae troubles

Lovage is a very pest-free herb to grow and is seldom bothered by any insect, fungus or disease problems.[3]


References[]

  1. Lovage. myfolia.com. Retrieved: 2010-09-10.
  2. a b Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 133. ISBN 9780903505468
  3. a b c d e f g h (1994). Food From Your Garden & Allotment. Reader's Digest Association Ltd, London. p. 155. ISBN 978 276 44336 7
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