USDA Zones: 3 - 8 Life Cycle:Perennial Height: 72 - 78 inches Bloom Season: Mid summer Light Requirement:Full sun to partial shade Soil Type: Grows well in any deep, well drained soil, Soil PH 6.1 - 7.8 Germination Directions: Germination Temperature: 68F Germination Time: 7 - 14 days Light Required: No Depth: 1/4 inch Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches ( Keep seeds moist until germination) The lovage leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup or season broths, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads. Its flavor and smell is somewhat similar to celery. Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion. The seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel seeds. In the UK, an alcoholic lovage cordial is traditionally mixed with brandy in the ratio of 2:1 as a winter drink. In Romania, the leaves are the preferred seasoning for the various local broths, much more so than parsley or dill. Lovage is third in its quercetin content, behind tea and capers.