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Commonly known as lovage, is a perennial herb in the Apiaceae family.

Physical Description:

Leaves: Large, dark green, and glossy leaves with a strong, celery-like flavor. The leaves are compound and arranged in an alternate fashion on the stem.

Stems: Hollow stems that can reach significant heights.

Flowers: Small yellow flowers arranged in umbels, similar to other plants in the carrot family.


Culinary: Lovage is used as a culinary herb, and its flavor is often described as a cross between celery and parsley. It can be used in salads, soups, stews, and as a seasoning for various dishes.

Medicinal: Traditionally, lovage has been used for its potential medicinal properties, including as a digestive aid, diuretic, and for respiratory conditions. However, its medicinal use is not as common as its culinary use.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is ideal. Lovage can adapt to various soil types.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods.

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade. Lovage can tolerate a range of light conditions.

Hardiness: Lovage is a hardy perennial and can tolerate cooler climates.


Harvest the leaves as needed, but it's best to pick them before the plant flowers for the best flavor. The stems and roots can also be used, but moderation is advised due to their strong flavor

Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

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