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Growing Information:

Lovage

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring or Fall

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 48-78"

PLANT SPACING: 18-24"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-8

Habitat and Description


Growing Lovage
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Any reasonable soil and spot will do - a really easy plant.

Sow seed in late summer and then transplant the following spring to 4 ft apart - it depends on how many uses you find for lovage, but it is a large plant and one will generally do for a family.

It's possible to sow in spring, but the seeds loose their germination power, so it's best to sow in late summer/early autumn.

Keep free from weeds and remove flowers to encourage more leaves to grow.

Don't cut the plants too far back on the last harvesting of the season.

Harvesting Lovage
Use the leaves as you need them. You can freeze or dry the leaves for winter use.

Harvest the seeds in late summer/early autumn and dry and store in airtight jars.

If you want to use the roots, then harvest in mid autumn or spring.



Lovage


The benefits of Lovage

Lovage, or Levisticum officinale, has many excellent medical uses. Combined with anise and fennel and used in a tea, it has a history of being used for jaundice. Diuretic, stimulant, and carminative, lovage treats digestive problems, coughs, hoarseness, lower respiratory congestion, kidney problems, liver congestion, and migraines.

Lovage works well as a poultice for pustulent wounds and swellings because of its antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Pulverize the plant and place over the wound with a clean towel covering it, for at least 20 minutes and no longer than an hour.

After overindulgence in alcohol or other drugs, lovage tea will help cleanse the liver and kidneys. Lovage also induces menstruation and lactation, and should not be taken by pregnant women.





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