‘Ache des montagnes ou Celeri perpetuel’

Lovage / Livèche / Λεβίστικο


Common Name: Lovage / Livèche / Λεβίστικο

Scientific Name: Levisticum officinalis


Plant’s cycle: perennial

Light Requirement: full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil type: Rich, moist, well-drained soil is required, pH 6.1 – 7.8

Sowing in nursery: February

Direct Planting: between March and June

Spacing: 50cm/50cm/2cm deep  


Flowers hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: cross-pollinated by insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 2 years


Edible Parts: Leaves being used as a herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice. Grows 2 meters in height

Medicine: Antispasmodic;  Aromatic;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Digestive;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  Stimulant;  Stomachic.

Boiled, the water can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion.

Known Hazards: The volatile oil is an irritant. Contraindicated with kidney or urinary passage inflammation. Avoid during pregnancy.