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Uses

Toxic parts

Lovage is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[13].

Edible uses

Flowers

Leaves

Raw, Dried as a Tea, Broth

Root

Grated as a Tea, Flavoring, Vegetable
Distillation as a Flavouring

Seed

Raw, Cooked, Ground as a Flavouring

Leaves, Stem

Raw, Cooked as a Vegetable, Flavoring

Material uses

An essential oil from the plant is used in perfumery[12][11].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Lovage is a warming and tonic herb for the digestive and respiratory systems. It is used primarily in the treatment of indigestion, poor appetite, wind, colic and bronchitis[14]. The roots, leaves and fruits are antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, mildly expectorant and stimulant[7][12][2][6][15][11]. They are used internally in the treatment of disordered stomachs, especially cases of colic and flatulence in children, kidney stones, cystitis, painful menstruation and slow labour[7][11]. Externally, the root is used in the treatment of sore throats and aphthous ulcers[11]. The roots of plants 3 years old can be harvested in early spring or in the autumn and are used fresh or dried[9][11]. The leaves are harvested before the plant comes into flower and either distilled for their oil or dried for later use[11]. The leaves, either eaten in salads or dried and infused as a tea, have been used as an emmenagogue[7]. The essential oil from the seeds is used by aromatherapists to remove freckles and spots from the face[16].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Bee attractor


Insect predactor attractor

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring or early autumn in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate so it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[K]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. This can be quite hard work due to the size of the roots but the plant grows away very well afterwards. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Seed

Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it prefers a rich moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position[7][10], though it tolerates some shade[8]. Lovage has very aromatic leaves. It is often grown in the herb garden as a culinary herb[12] and is occasionally grown commercially as a food flavouring[K]. If the plant is cut back to the ground during the growing season it will produce a new flush of young leaves[3]. If the weather is dry at this time, it will be necessary to water the plants in order to encourage fresh growth[K].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Levisticum officinale.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Levisticum officinale
Genus
Levisticum
Family
Umbelliferae
Imported References
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1.8 x 1
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    yellow
    Flower Type

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