Levisticum officinalis. AKA the Maggi Herb
. Lovage is the main ingredient in an age-old flavoring used widely in Europe. The whole plant is edible, but its strongly flavored leaves are the primary pick for use fresh or dried in hearty winter soups and stews. Tasting a bit like intense Anise and Celery
, its dark green leaves grow upright on tall plants with attractive sprays of yellow-green flowers. Lovage is best raised as transplants sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out after the last spring frost date
. Once established, it is fairly easy to grow. Height: 3' to 7'. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 3-7. (OP.)
Average seed life: 1 year.
One packet of about 300 seeds