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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves, flowers and young shoots - raw or cooked[1][2][3][4]. Strong and not very pleasant[5]. Superb in salads[6]. The leaves are usually blanched in order to make the flavour milder[7][8], though this also reduces the nutritional value[K]. A celery-like flavour, it is used as a seasoning in salads, soups etc[8]. Another report says that the flavour is more like parsley[9].

Stem - used as a flavouring in soups, stews etc[3][10]. A celery-like flavour[11]. The green stem is peeled and eaten[8]. Root - raw or cooked[1][3][12]. A sweet flavour[12]. Seed - ground into a powder and used as a flavouring in soups and stews[6][11][9]. A sharp, hot taste it is used in the same ways as pepper[9].

The young shoots and roots are occasionally candied like angelica[8].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Ligusticum scoticum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is aromatic and carminative[2]. It is used in the treatment of hysterical and uterine disorders[2][11]. The seeds are sweetly aromatic and have been used as a carminative, deodorant and stimulant[2][6][11]. They are also sometimes used for flavouring other herbal remedies[2].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - the seed only has a short period of viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame in the autumn. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a greenhouse or cold frame[13]. 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 if they have grown large enough. Otherwise, keep them in a cold frame for the first winter and plant them out in early summer. Division of the rootstock in early spring. Make sure that each section of root has at least one growth bud. Very easy, 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.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[14][13]. Dislikes shade. Succeeds in dry soils[11].

Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[11]. Scottish lovage has occasionally been cultivated as a pot herb, though it has been largely supplanted by celery[14][2][10].

All parts of the plant are aromatic when bruised, the aroma being likened to a mixture of parsley, angelica and pear skin[9].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Ligusticum scoticum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Ligusticum scoticum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Ligusticum scoticum
Genus
Ligusticum
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
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
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
Fertility
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

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  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.7 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Mabey. R. Food for Free. Collins ISBN 0-00-219060-5 (1974-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Polunin. O. Flowers of Europe - A Field Guide. Oxford University Press ISBN 0192176218 (1969-00-00)
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  6. ? 6.06.16.26.36.4 Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
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  8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.4 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.19.29.39.4 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.110.210.3 Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.211.311.411.511.611.7 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  12. ? 12.012.112.2 Yanovsky. E. Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237. U.S. Depf of Agriculture. ()
  13. ? 13.013.113.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  14. ? 14.014.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)

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