LovageLevisticum officinale 6' tall.
Looks like a giant celery plant with toothed compound leaves, greenish-yellow umbelliferous flowers and small oval seeds. A dramatic architectural element for an edible border; attracts beneficial insects. Glossy green leaves have a strong celery taste and can be used to flavor soups, stews and casseroles. Crush seeds and add to bread and pastries; candy the stems and roots into a sweet medicinal syrup that is said to restore the appetite and revive the love of life.
Second-year plants are best for drying. Formerly used to mask the bitter herbs in medicinal concoctions. Pregnant women avoid.
Makes a dramatic architectural element in a decorative deliciously scented border. Plant 24–36" apart in full sun to part shade in rich moist well-drained soil. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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