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Lovage
Lovage
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Levisticum officinalis. Perennial. 4-6'.

Lovage forms a statuesque plant in the garden, yellowish green umbel flowers grow at the end of the stalk that can sometimes exceed 6 feet. Dark green leaves of Lovage resemble Celery leaves but have a distinct flavor unlike celery.  Leaves and stalks, which are hollow, are used as a celery substitute. A few fresh leaves in split pea soup will add a unique touch. Anytime a recipe calls for celery use lovage without worrying about strings common on celery. A handsome plant.

Planting Directions:  Sow seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting to the garden. Plant seed ¼” deep in sterile seed starting mix with a soil temperature of 65˚ to 80˚. Sow seed outdoors in early summer or late fall. Transplant seedlings outdoors after your last frost. Plant in a sunny or lightly shaded location in well drained soil amended with rich compost or a general garden fertilizer.  To harvest leaves, cut back  the stems before blooms form.  Leaves can be used either fresh, dried, or frozen (blanch before freezing) to impart a celery like taste.

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