Lovage is an upright, herbaceous and perennial plant growing to 1.8–2.5 m (5.9–8.2 ft) tall.  With a basal rosette of leaves and stems with further leaves, the flowers being produced in umbels at the top of the stems. The stems and leaves are shiny glabrous green to yellow-green and smell somewhat similar to celery when crushed.  The flowers are yellow to greenish-yellow and flowering is in late spring.

The leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup or season broth.  But also the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. Its flavor and smell is somewhat similar to celery. The seeds can be used as a spice and is quite similar to fennel seeds.


February to June or September to October.  Can also be sown in pots indoors, sown outdoors into prepared seed beds or can be sown directly.

Approx. seed count: 30

About Lovage:

Lovage is without doubt one of the easiest herbs to grow.  It makes an excellent celery substitute.  Even some celebrity chefs are now embracing this wonderful herb.  You only ever need to sow it once and don’t plant too many plants.  One well-established clump will last for decades and you will have more than enough produce from it.

So only plant one or at most two plants and give them plenty of space in the garden.  A spacing of at least 1 sqm is adequate.

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