Lovage has historically been used as an aphrodesiac herb, although it also has been used for digestion, easing sore throats and cramps. Also, the entire plant is edible, providing zesty greens, a celery-like stalk and roots. Can be used for an air freshener.
Lovage Germination: To start lovage indoors, plant the seeds 1/4" deep in a flat 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Germination usually occurs within 10-14 days, but can be longer. Keep the soil lightly moist with a spray bottle or careful watering, and keep the temperature cool for best results. When the seedlings are big enough to handle and there is no chance of frost, plant them 2-3' apart in rich soil and full sun or partial shade. To direct sow, plant 3-4 seeds in groups 2-3' apart and thin to the strongest seedling. Lovage can also be direct sown in the fall for early spring growth. Annual. Zone 4-8.