Lovage is a hardy perennial that grows 6' — 7' tall. The large, deeply divided leaves resemble celery and has a similar scent. Small yellow flowers in flat-topped clusters appear in early spring. Lovage reseed's itself readily.
Lovage grows best in a rich, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Sow fresh seed in the fall, or divide established plants in spring. Space plants 3' apart. The leaves are best used when young and tender, but can be harvested anytime before seed sets. Dig the roots anytime and use them fresh.
Because of its height, lovage is useful as a background plant for a border. All parts of this herb are useful. The leaves and stems are used as a celery substitute in soups, salads, stews, sauces, and with vegetables and poultry. The stems can also be blanched and served as a vegetable. Try sprinkling the lovage seed over meat, breads, potatoes, or cookies. Hollow stems are used as swizzle sticks in tomato juice drinks.