Meet Lovage (Levisticum officinale), an old-fashioned herb that just might be new to you!
Lovage has been used for a long time in Europe for food and medicinal reasons -- as far back as Greek and Roman civilizations. Today, this useful plant is making a comeback in the United States. The perennial herb is a cousin of parsley but tastes more like celery. The easy-to-grow, fuss-free plant grows up to 6 feet tall and about half as wide.
Health Benefits of Lovage
Lovage Growing Tips
Direct sow outside in fall or late spring, or sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.
Maintain a steady soil temperature of 60°.
Water seedlings when almost dry, taking care not to wet leaves.
Once established, harden off and transplant outside.
Cultivate soil deeply to accommodate the long taproot.
Days to germination: 10-14
Planting depth: 1/4"
Plant Spacing: 2-3'
Soil Temperature: 60-65°
Light Requirements: Full Sun
How to Use Lovage
There’s plenty to love about Lovage. We’re excited that this traditional, country herb is making a comeback. Grow a few plants in your yard and find out for yourself. They’re easy to start, grow and maintain. You’ll be treated to an abundance of healthy, delicious herbs year after year.