Lovage - Live Plant

Lovage - Live Plant

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Looking for a delightful addition to your garden or kitchen? Look no further than our live lovage (Levisticum officinale) plant. This herbaceous perennial is a culinary superstar with a unique celery-like flavor and a heavenly aroma that will transport you straight to the heart of Tuscany. It is all set to produce delicate yellow-green flowers this summer and can grow up to 5 feet tall if given optimum favorable conditions. It is available in a 3.5” pot and holds moderate watering needs with adaptability to different soil types. 

What prerequisites are necessary for achieving successful growth with Lovage?

Successful growth of Lovage hinges on proper water, light, and soil management. Recommend sun light for Lovage is full sun to partial shade.

Lovage does best in moist, well-drained soil, if you are growing in a pot, potting mix is a fine alternative.

Ensure you're aware of Lovage's potential size. Allocating 18-24 inches between plants is advisable, as they can grow to be 24-36 inches in diameter and reach heights of up to 36-72 inches.

Although Lovage typically produces blooms summer to fall, flowering could be delayed until the second year, depending on the planting date.

How can Lovage be employed?

Throughout history, Lovage has been valued for its digestive aid, diuretic, with culinary use commonly derived from its leaves, seeds.

Whether you're using it to add depth and complexity to your cooking or simply enjoying its beauty in your garden, the live lovage plant is a true joy to behold.

About Lovage

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a herbaceous perennial that hails from the Apiaceae family. It is prized for its unique flavor and aroma, which is often described as a combination of celery, parsley, and anise.

It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and culinary arts, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Its leaves, stems, and seeds are all used in cooking to give soups, stews, salads, and sauces additional depth and complexity. Along with its culinary applications, lovage has been used for its medicinal qualities, which include its capacity to ease digestive problems and lessen menstrual cramps. The herb was so revered in antiquity that it was frequently referred to as "the herb of love," and it was thought to have aphrodisiac characteristics.

Today, lovage remains a popular herb among chefs and herbalists alike, prized for its versatility, its bold flavor, and its many health benefits.


How to Use Lovage

  • Tincture: Dried lovage leaves are macerated in alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: Dried lovage leaves are soaked in hot water for 10 minutes to make tea.
  • Vinegar Infusion: Dried lovage leaves can be soaked in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the period, to formulate a boneset vinegar infusion.

Lovage - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lovage an annual or perennial plant?

Lovage is a perennial plant that will continue to grow and thrive year after year, as long as it receives proper care and maintenance. It is a fantastic addition to any herb garden or landscape since it offers a consistent supply of fresh herbs for a long time.


How much space should be needed to grow Lovage?

Given that lovage can reach heights of 5 feet and widths of 2-3 feet, it needs a lot of space to develop properly. To ensure the best development, it is advised to place individual lovage plants about 2-3 feet apart. If you're planting lovage in rows, make sure the rows are at least 3 to 4 feet apart to give the plants room to grow.


When should I harvest Lovage?

For harvesting the leaves and stems, it's recommended to wait until the plant has reached at least 12-18 inches in height and has several large leaves. In order to avoid damage and guarantee continuing growth, it is advisable to limit leaf harvesting to no more than one-third of the plant at a time at any time during the growing season. To harvest the seeds, wait until the plant has flowered and the seed heads have turned brown and dry.


Does Lovage flower or fruit?

Yes,  Lovage plants produce small, yellow-green flowers that bloom in the summer months. After the flowers have bloomed and been pollinated, the plant produces small, oval-shaped fruits that are brown in color and contain seeds. These fruits are usually harvested in the fall when they have ripened fully.

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