Very uniform selection of lovage with greenish-yellow flowers. The leaves, stems, and seeds all taste like celery. Used extensively in preparing soups and salads. Perennial in zones 3-8. Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in late spring. Can also be directly sown outdoors just before last spring frost. Prefers average welldrained soil and will tolerate dry conditions.
SECTION: Herbs, Lovage, Levisticum officinale Perennial. Like a giant celery--adds height and drama to the herb bed. An ancient herb eaten as a celery-like vegetable, or used like parsley. Easy to grow in any deep, well-drained soil. Likes full sun, re-seeds. Sow from spring to late-summer, so long as it gets established before winter. Harvest leaves throughout the season for soups, gravies, salads, spaghetti sauce, meat. One packet will plant 100+ sq ft when using 36" spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: P Zones 4-9/Spacing 36"…
Young leaves taste like celery and are used in spring tonic salads and with potato and poultry dishes. Medicinal: Aromatic stimulant; warming digestive tonic. Roots have similar activity to "Dong Quai". 90 days to harvest when started indoors. Avg. 8,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
In Massachusetts I use to see lots of Packman broccoli pre-started plants available at local nurseries but this year do not see any. We liked this variety since it produces lots of side shoots. It may be too late for this year to grow from seeds but what pre-started varieties could I select which has the same side shoot production as Packman.