Lovage is a perennial relative of the common celery. My neighbor in Belgium had a plant over 10 ft. tall and 5 ft. across. It froze back every winter, then sprouted again in spring. It tasted very similar to celery, but with a more intense flavor. A single leaf could flavor a soup just as much as half a head of celery.

Unfortunately, just like celery, lovage grows best in temperate climate. It really suffers in the summer desert heat here in southern New Mexico. I started lovage from seeds in 2013 and managed to keep one alive through sometime in 2017.


This is what you need:

  • lovage seeds
  • a shady spot


Pic1: a young lovage plant



Pic2: 2013-08-26
Pic3: 2013-09-06
Pic4:  2014-03-31


Pic5: 2014-05-03
Pic6: nope, that one is celery
Pic7: 2017-05-07