Lovage (Levisticum Officinale) is a vigorous, hardy perennial herb which can grow up to 6 feet in height with large leaves and slightly greenish yellow umbrella shaped flowers in late summer and will set seed in the autumn. Lovage usually self seeds quite readily. It is an herbaceous perennial plant which dies back completely in the winter then re-emerges again early in spring.
Lovage can be used in many recipes giving a celery like flavour and is rich in vitamin C. The entire plant is edible from root to tip. It also has medicinal properties as a diuretic, a stimulant, an anti-inflammatory, and as a treatment for jaundice.
Lovage has been grown in English gardens and Monastery gardens for hundreds of years, it is not a native plant, as it originates in the Mediterranean. It will grow in most soil types but prefers a sunny or semi shaded position.
Why not make room for this more unusual but very useful herb.
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