Drought Tolerant Lovage Herb Garden Plant Seed For Xeriscaping

Lovage Seeds

Herb Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 8

Height: 72 - 78 inches

Bloom Season: Mid summer

Bloom Color: Yellow-green

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Grows well in any deep, well drained soil, pH 6.1 - 7.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Levisticum Officinalis

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days

Light Required: No

Depth: 1/4 inch

Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches

Lovage (Levisticum Officinalis) - The kitchen herb garden would not be complete without drought tolerant Lovage, the hardy long-lived perennial. Lovage seeds grow quickly and the herb plant can reach over 72 inches in height. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and it develops a long taproot, so cultivate the bed deeply before adding the Lovage plant. This herb is also commonly referred to as Garden Lovage. The long taproot makes it perfect for water conservation and the xeriscape herb garden.

Culinary herb

Lovage has a similar taste to celery. It is a wonderful addition to soups, stews, and vegetable dishes. Use it as you would celery or parsley, but it does have a stronger flavor, so less is usually needed.

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How to grow

How To Grow Lovage From Seed: If your growing season is long, start the Lovage seeds directly outdoors after the danger of frost has passed. For cooler climates with shorter growing season, start the herb seeds indoors 6 weeks before the end of frost season. Harden the seedlings off and transplant them to the herb garden after frosts have passed.

To help the Garden Lovage plants establish well, keep them well watered the first season, and use a balanced fertilizer a couple of times. The plants will only reach 24 inches the first year, but the leaves can be used when it reaches 12 inches in height. After establishment, lovage is very drought tolerant.

  • Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
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Harvesting Lovage

Lovage herb plants can be harvested for both the leaves and the seeds. The leaves should be picked before the herb plant has flowered, chop the leaves finely and freeze them. For the seeds, allow the seed stalk to ripen and turn brown. Cut the stalks and finish drying the seeds in a warm, well-ventilated place. Cut the seed stalks to prevent the Lovage plant from re-seeding.

  • Height: 72 - 78 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 8
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes