Scientific Name: Levisticum officinale
Common Name: lovage, garden lovage
Family Name: Apiaceae
Origin: Africa, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Herb, Medicinal plant, Urban agriculture
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Compound, Alternate, Basal, Glabrous, Trifoliate (ternate), Obovate, Rhomboidal, Dentate
Flowers: Umbel, Green-yellow, Jun-Jul
Fruit: Achene, Schizocarp, Brown, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Stems hollow, fine striations, flushed purple-pink at base; leaves large, 2-3x pinnately compound, upper leaves trifoliate (celery-like in looks and flavour), leaflet or pinna outline card-diamond shaped, 7-10cm long x 3-5cm wide, each with 2 or 3 toothed lobes; florets 2-3mm wide, yellowish on compound umbels 3-12cm wide, with 12-20 rays.