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ZONE: 4 - 8
SIZE: 48"H x 24"S
BLOOM: Chartreuse, Mid Summer

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Lovage Plants

Levisticum officinalis

Lovage grew abundantly in the Liguria region of Italy and became an essential ingredient in Italian cooking. This plant is a vigorous grower that prefers a sunny location and moist soil.

An aromatic herb, Lovage has a celery-like odor and a carrot-like root structure. It grows easily as a hardy perennial and will last for years if kept under the correct conditions.

Most parts of this culinary herb can be used. The leaves have an excellent, warm flavor like a cross between celery and anise, and are delicious with most savory dishes (soups and stews) as well as poultry. The stems are harvested while still young to be used for flavoring primarily in confections. The Lovage stems can be cut in the spring - blanch and eat as a vegetable. Even the seeds can be harvested and used when ground, as a substitute for salt.

Once in bloom, Loveage also attracts many beneficial pollinators to your garden with its fragrant blooms!

Zones: 4 - 8

Size: 48"H x 24"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Chartreuse, Mid Summer

Lovage Plant Uses: Lovage is a terrific culinary herb and has a light, savory flavor similar to a cross between celery and anise. The leaves, stems and seeds of this plant are all edible. Leaves can be added directly to stews and soups, while stems can be blanched like vegetables or cut to create hollow natural straws which are perfect for savory drinks like Bloody Marys. The seeds can be ground into a great natural salt substitute.

Tips: Lovage is a quick growing, vigorous plant so you may need to cut it back or harvest often to control its growth. Container planting will also help keep this eager plant in check, by controlling its spread.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 8 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Lovage April 10, 2017
Reviewer: Paulina Ungureanu from Hollywood, FL United States  
Exceptional herb for Bean Soup,
I cannot imagine a Bean Soup without Lovage.
Recipe:  First, sauté onion, carrot and garlic  in butter and oil.  When translucent, add sweet paprika and remove from the heat.  When the beans are cooked, add the sautéed onion.  Add salt and pepper.  Also Lovage at the end.   It is simple and very delicious.  
I do not make it too thick because I like it soupy.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A versatile herb! January 9, 2015
Reviewer: John Marmaro from Spring Hill, FL United States  
I have grown Lovage in three places-- Sarasota FL, Brooklyn NY, and Aurora CO-- and it has been great in all three. Longlasting and vigorous (even in Colorado, though it needed a tad more water there)-- it in all three cases became a vigorous, handsome plant-- in Colorado, where it came back reliably after the coldest winters, it got almost 5 feet tall. The plant has a spicy taste like a combination of celery and parsley with decided lemony and peppery overtones, and can be used like celery or parsley (though it doesn't make the huge stalks like celery)-- it is excellent in soups, stews, salads, sauces. The leaves and stems can be used. I have heard it can even be candied like Angelica. A great, reliable, perennial plant.

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Lovage is Great! January 14, 2013
Reviewer: Linda Fisher from Grayslake, IL United States  
I LOVE this plant! I use it for salads and also as a fresh green that adds a celery-like flavor to my smoothies each morning. I have several plants to ensure a continuos crop.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Great plant January 14, 2013
Reviewer: ana afshin from cedar hill, TX United States  
We ordered almost a dozen lovage plants.   They arrived quickly and in great shape.  Since we live in Texas, Lovage has a hard time growing.  So we kept the plants inside on a windowsill.  Due to the heat and the dryness in the winter, we mist the plants daily and year-round.  While they have not grown as they would have in their native Romania, the plants are alive and well!

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
so happy January 14, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from GA United States  
I am romanian and looked for this for a long time.It makes very delicious sour soups.
very happy with purchase

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