How to Grow Lovage | Guide to Growing Lovage

How to Grow Lovage | Guide to Growing Lovage  



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Also known as love parsley, Lovage is a hardy perennial herb has an odor and taste that are often compared to parsley and celery. Nearly every part of this plant has found some culinary application over the centuries. The leafstalks are most commonly is the stalk which is often used interchangeably for celery. Additionally, the leaves can be added to soups, stews and other vegetable dishes while the root is sometimes grated and added to salads, icings, syrups and other concoctions. Lovage is also noted for its high content of quercetin, a plant flavanoid believed to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Perennial (zones 4-8)

10-21 days

2 years

Well-drained, rich, moist

Partial shade

Leaf, stem, root, seeds

20-24" apart

90 days

Growing Guide
Lovage will grow to nearly 6' tall and yield copious quantities of flavorful, compound-type leaves.


Lovage can be direct sown in late fall in zones with a long growing season, or started indoors or in a greenhouse approximately 6 weeks prior to the final frost of the spring. Sow approximately 1/2" beneath the surface of the soil. Keep well moistened, and moderate water slightly once starts begin to break through surface of soil.


Lovage prefers partial or filtered shade, and fertile, well-drained soil that is rich in compost and nutrients. Keep soil moist.

Tranplant outdoors once plant has reached a height of approximately 3-4" tall and shows its first set of true leaves.


Harvesting Guide
The leaves can be collected any time during the growing season with a snip. For best results, collect in mid morning once the dew has dissipated and before the intensity of the midday sun has

The seeds can be harvested late in the summer or early fall, once they have ripened and are completely dry. Dry seed head can be brittle, so collect over a bowl, basket, bag or other container to collect all seeds. Winnow through a fan or over a screen to separate seeds from chaff. Seeds can be collected in same manner as with harvesting. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool location out of direct sunlight for optimum life.


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