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Lovage

Common Name: Lovage

Botanical Name: Umbelliferae

Family: Umbelliferae

Type and Use: Perennial with seeds that can be used in breads and cookies. Good salt substitute. Use like celery.

Location: Partial sun, but morning sun is best

Planting Dates: Plant any time, but spring is best

Planting Methods: Seeds, divisions

Harvest Time: Harvest leaves any time. Will freeze well, and can be dried. Pick leaves just before bloom. Dig roots in the fall.

Height: 3-5 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Spacing: 12-18 inches

Growth Habits: Umbels of small yellow-green flowers followed by many aromatic seeds. Large dark-green leaves, celery-scented leaves and yellow stems.

Culture: Easy to grow in any well drained soil. Use like celery. Use seeds in breads. Stems, seeds and large, parsley-like leaves have a pungent celery flavor. Plant is totally winter-hardy. With glossy, deep-green leaves that are cut and divided, and somewhat flat clusters of greenish-yellow flowers. It likes a rich soil with plenty of humus.

Troubles and Solutions: Cutworms, caterpillars, hot weather, and afternoon sun will burn plants.

Harvest and Storage: Good to nibble on fresh out of the garden. Chew on the seed when they turn brown.

Notes: Cook with cabbage and use the leaves fresh but cook the stalks.


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