Levisticum Officinale

(Lovage)

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Levisticum officinale
This is an excellent herb with a clump-forming growth habit and smooth, divided foliage. Between June and August it produces umbels of tiny yellow flowers which contrast beautifully with the light green deciduous leaves. It should be grown in a deep, rich moist soil to accommodate its large, fleshy roots.

Culinary Uses: The leaves and stems of lovage have a celery-like flavour which comes in useful for many culinary dishes. The leaves can be simmered with carrots and onions in chicken broth to create a light and refreshing soup. Alternatively, use them as a substitute to chopped celery and add the lovage to the recipe later than you would add chopped celery. The leaves also work great in a salad and can be added to meat stock to create an aromatic flavour. The seeds can be crushed to form a flavoursome substitute for pepper and the stems can be eaten as a vegetable.

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Characteristics


Eventual Height
Max Height icon 50cm – 1m


Eventual Spread
Max Width Icon 10cm – 50cm


Growth Rate
Growth Rate Icon Average to fast


Foliage
Deciduous Icon Deciduous


Habit
Habit Icon Compact


Hardiness
Hardiness Icon H6


Fragranced
Fragranced Icon Yes

Colour


Spring
Green Foliage Icon

 


Summer

Green Foliage Icon Yellow Flower Icon

 


Autumn
Green Foliage Icon

Soil


Type
Loam Soil Icon Loam


Moisture
Soil Moisture Icon Moist well-drained


pH
Soil pH Acid Icon Acid

Soil PH Neutral Icon Neutral

Soil pH Alkaline Icon Alkaline

Position


Sunlight
Full Sun Icon Full Sun


Aspect
Aspect North Icon North

Aspect South Icon South

Aspect East Icon East

AspectWest West


Exposure
Exposure Icon Exposed or Sheltered

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