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Lovage
Lovage
Photo: Lovage, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, May 5, 2013
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the 1980's. Available May 2016, in 4" pots.

  • Description
    Levisticum officinale
    Winter Hardiness: Perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 5 - 6' (yes, feet)
    Habit: Upright
    Where to plant: In the ground

  • In the Garden
    Once established, this hardy perennial will come up in late spring, quickly reaching its full height by mid summer. The flowers may be cut to encourage foliage growth. The clumps will gradually expand each year. If they get too big, it is easiest to reduce the size by digging up and removing unwanted roots when it first emerges in the spring.

  • In the Kitchen
    Lovage is a major herb in Eastern European cuisine where its leaves are frequently used in soups and stews. Its flavour is best described as strong celery.