How to Grow Lovage Herb Plants
Often described as a very old herb, Lovage is actually among
the lesser known herbs. This easy to grow herb, has an anise and celery flavor.
All parts of this plant, including the thick, fleshy roots, are
Lovage is native to the Mediterranean region, the mountains of France, northern
Greece, and the Balkans. It is also called Garden Lovage. This
perennial plant lives for several years. Growing up to six feet tall in the
first year, it is best placed in the back of the herb garden.
Did You Know? Lovage is used as a substitute for salt.
Lovage plants are grown from seed. Directly sow Lovage seeds into your garden
after all danger of frost. Cover lightly with fine garden soil.
For a jump start, start seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. After
transplanting, keep the soil well watered for a few weeks.
Lovage can also be propagated by division of roots.
Space Lovage seedlings or thin plants to 2 to 3 feet apart.
Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Plant Height: Six feet.
How to Grow Lovage Plants:
Lovage plants are easy to grow. They grow best in full sun, but tolerate
Plants grow best in average to rich soils. Soil should be well drained.
Established plants are tolerant dry soil conditions. Water plants only during
dry periods. Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Begin to harvest leaves as soon as the plant is big enough, 2 to 3 feet.
It can be used fresh or frozen.
Main Culinary Uses:
Use Lovage, fresh or frozen, in soups, stews, salads, and stuffing.
It goes well with potato and tomato dishes.
All parts are edible.
Try Lovage in herbal teas.
Although Lovage has had a wide variety of uses over many
centuries, it is seldom used today for medicinal purposes.
Medicinal uses include:
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