Lovage (Levisticum Officinale WDJ Koch) 200 seeds (#2113)
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About the product
Lovage is a culinary herb that is often grown in herb gardens for the celery-like flavor of its leaves, stems, roots and seeds. A somewhat imposing plant that can reach 180 cm in height. Small umbels of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers appear in spring. Ternately compound, deeply divided, dark green leaves resemble flattened parsley or celery leaves.
Leaves are used in flavoring salads, soups, sauces, stews and vegetables. Seeds are used in meat dishes, casseroles and soups. Roots can be grated for use in salads or used to make tea. Although lovage is primarily considered an herb, the stems can be blanched and used as a vegetable. Oil was formerly used in Europe in the preparation of a love potion.
Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, loamy soil in full sun. Periodic hard cut-back of some stems during the growing season will encourage production of a continuing supply of fresh, new leaves. Easily self-seeds if seeds are not harvested or otherwise removed. Propagate by root division or from seed.
Information source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.
Approximately 200 seeds in 0.7 g packet.
Genus - Levisticum
Species - Officinale
Variety - WDJ Koch
Common name - Lovage
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,90 - 2 m
Spread - 0,60 - 0,90 m
Plant type - Perennial Herb
Exposure - Full Sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Moist, loamy
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Herb garden. Inside pots, lots of useful features
Bloom season - June - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
Sow seed 4-6 mm deep in flats or cell packs, 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
Germination is in 10-14 days.
Transplant into the garden, 50 cm part.
May be direct sown in early fall or spring into prepared seed beds in groups of 3-4 seeds, 50 cm apart. Thin to the strongest plant.