Lovage - 30 seeds

Lovage - 30 seeds

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Levisticum officinales

Height: 100–250 cm (40–100 in.). Stem branched, glossy, glabrous, bluish, hollow, joints with septa. With herb-like fragrance.

  • Flower: Corolla regular (outer corollas slightly zygomorphic), greenish–yellow, 3–5 mm (0.12–0.2 in.) wide; petals 5, entire–notched, tip recurved. Sepals absent. Stamens 5. Pistil of 2 fused carpels, styles 2. Inflorescence a compound umbel, secondary umbels 10–20. Primary umbel’s bracts descending oblique, secondary umbel’s bracteoles with united base.

  • Leaves: Alternate, stalked, leaf-base sheath-like. Blade narrowly triangular, 1–2 times pinnate. Leaflets obovate, with tapered base, sparsely large-toothed or 3-lobed, shiny.

  • Fruit: Egg-shaped, slightly flat-backed, 2-sectioned, low-ridged, narrowly winged, yellow–brown, 5–7 mm (0.2–0.28 in.) long schizocarp.

  • Habitat: Wild in yards, gardens, against walls, wasteland. Also a culinary herb.

  • Flowering time: July–August.

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Soil - Rich soil that retains moisture well.
Position - Full sun in cool climates; partial shade where summers are very hot.
Lovage is a hardy perennial that survives winter even in very cold climates.
Spacing - Single Plants: 1' 11" (60cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 11" (60cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap (minimum)

start seeds indoors and set out at about the time of your last frost. Lovage will reach its mature size in about three years. One plant is usually sufficient, but it’s a good idea to start a new plant every few years. At maturity, lovage will need a 3-foot (90 cm) square space. It is a very large herb. Because of its 5-foot (1.5 meter) height, lovage is best located at the edge or rear of the garden.