Language English Vegetables and herbs Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot) Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot) OngletsBotanyOrigin and description This sturdy herbaceous plant is probably native to Afghanistan and Iran. It has hollow stems and divided leaves that look like celery or Italian parsley leaves. Its brown root is long and fleshy. Its small yellow flowers are borne in a dense, compound umbel. The seeds look like caraway seeds. All parts of lovage are edible.Cycle: Perennial.Spacing: 90-120 cm.Height: 150 cm. Common nameLovageLatin name (genus)Levisticum officinaleFrench common name Livèche Botanical familyApiaceae HorticultureGrowing conditions Exposure: Full sun, partial shade. Propagation Sow ripe seeds outdoors in late summer or early fall. Divide in spring. Use Culinary use: Leaves, stems, seeds and root are edible.Fresh or young dried young leaves used to flavour soups, broths, sauces, vegetables and roasts. Strong celery flavour.