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Lovage

Levisticum officinale

A relative of celery, lovage is a hardy perennial herb whose leaves can be used in soups, salads, and bouquets. Unlike most herbs, lovage thrives in clay soil that is slow to drain. Lovage is a large plant, reaching up to 5 feet tall, so grow it at the back of the border where it can spread and not compete with other plants. Its small yellow-green flowers attract beneficial insects. After planting, lovage grows vigorously for about four years and then slows. Because lovage is a self-seeder, clip off flower heads before they mature unless you want more plants. 

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3 to 8 feet

Width:

2-3 feet wide

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3-9

how to grow lovage

plant lovage with

Cardinal flower
The bright red blooms of cardinal flower stand out against a backdrop of lovage foliage. Both plants appreciate moist soil.
Sweet flag
The grasslike foliage of sweet flag forms an attractive carpet around the base of lovage. Both the gold-leaf and green-and-white variegated forms of sweet flag complement tall, leafy lovage plants.
Turtlehead
The pink or white late-summer flowers of turtlehead (Chelone) are a good pairing for the medium green leaves and stalks of lovage. Clumps of turtlehead gradually spread, holding their own against the spread of lovage seedlings.
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