Lovage, Levisticum officinale, originates from the Eastern Mediterranean. It is typically grown for its leaves, stems, roots, and seeds. The leaves have a flavor similar to celery, only stronger. They are commonly used to flavor salads, soups, and stews. Lovage is considered to be an herb, but the stems can be eaten as a vegetable, while the roots are sometimes used in salads or tea. The seeds are frequently used as a spice in soups and meat dishes.
How to grow
- Type: Perennial, will go dormant in winter
- Light: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Well drained
- Water: Medium, prefers moist soil
- Size: 3–6' high x 2–3' wide
When to plant/propagate
- From seed: Sow seeds in spring or fall. Lovage will also self-seed if seeds are not harvested.
- Division: Can also be propagated by root division
- Harvest leaves and stems as needed. For the most tender leaves, harvest frequently to encourage new growth
- For seeds, allow flowers to develop and harvest seed heads when they start to turn brown in fall
- Preserving and drying herbs
- Levisticum officinale, Missouri Botanical Garden
- Lovage, Herb Gardening, University of Illinois Extension