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Levisticum officinale

(Garden Lovage)


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Perennial herb. Sun. Height to 6'. Space at 36".

Common Names

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Common Names in Arabic:

Angudân Rûmî, Kâshin, Kâshin Rûmî, كاشم

Common Names in Azerbaijani:

Dərman levistiki

Common Names in Bulgarian:

Devesil, Девесил

Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Api bord

Common Names in Chinese:

Ou Dang Gui, 欧当归

Common Names in Croatian:

Ljekoviti Ljupčac, Ljupčac, Magi-Začin, Selen

Common Names in Czech:

Libeček, Libeček Lékařský

Common Names in Danish:

Løvstikke, Løvstikke, Maggiurt

Common Names in Dutch:

Lavas, Lubbestok, Maggikruid, Maggiplant, Mankracht

Common Names in English:

Garden Lovage, Bladder Seed, Lovage, Love Parsley, Mountain Hemlock

Common Names in Esperanto:


Common Names in Estonian:

Harilik Leeskputk

Common Names in Finnish:

Liperi, Liperi (kasvi), Lipstikka

Common Names in French:

Ache De Montagne, Ache Des Montagnes, Céleri Batard, Céleri De Montagne, Céleri Perpétuel, Céleri Perpétuel, Gaya à Tige Simple, Herbe à Maggi (Switzerland), herbe à Maggi, Lévistique Officinale, Livêche, Livèche, Livèche, livèche officinale, Séséli Commun

Common Names in Galician:

Legústico, Levístico

Common Names in German:

Badekraut, Berg-Liebstöckel, Echter Liebstöckel, Liebstöckel, Liebstock, Liebstöckel, Liebstöckl, Lusch, Luststock, Maggikraut, Maggikraut (Switzerland)

Common Names in Greek, Modern:

Lebistiko, Levistiko, Λεβιστικο

Common Names in Hebrew (modern):


Common Names in Hungarian:

Lestyán, Lestyán, Orvosi lestyán

Common Names in Icelandic:


Common Names in Italian:

Levistico, Ligustico, Sedano Di Montagna, Sedano Di Monte, Seseli Comune

Common Names in Japanese:

Ro-Be-(tu)-Zi, Robejji, ラベージ, ロベッジ

Common Names in Korean:

Ra-Ba-Ji, Ra-Be-Ji, Rabaji, Rabeji, Reo-Bi-Ji, Reo-Bwi-Ji, Reobiji, Reobwiji, Ro-Ba-Ji, Robaji, Robiji, Robwiji, 라바지, 라베지, 러뷔지, 러비지, 로바지

Common Names in Latvian:

Ārstniecības lupstājs, Lupstājs

Common Names in Lithuanian:

Vaistinė Gelsvė

Common Names in Norwegian:

Kjærlighetsurt, Løpstikke, Løpstikke

Common Names in Persian:

Anğdan Rwmý, Anjodan Romi, انجدان رومی

Common Names in Persian (Farsi):

انجدان رومی

Common Names in Polish:

Lubczyk Ogrodowy

Common Names in Portuguese:


Common Names in Romanian:

Leuștean, Leușzean

Common Names in Russian:

Goricvet, Goritsvet, Gulâvica, Guljavitsa, Gulyavitsa, Krovavnik, Ljubistok, Lûbistok, Lyubistok, Zorâ, Zorja, Zorya, Горицвет, Гулявица, Зоря, Кровавник, Любисток

Common Names in Scottish Gaelic:

Luibh an Liugair

Common Names in Slovak:

Americký Zeler, Korenie Maggi, Ligurček, Ligurček Lekársky

Common Names in Slovene:


Common Names in Slovenian:


Common Names in Spanish:

Apio De Montaña, Apio De Montaña, Levístico, Ligústico, Ligústico

Common Names in Swedish:

Libbsticka, Libsticka

Common Names in Thai:

Kot Cheyng, โกฐเชียง

Common Names in Turkish:

Deniz Maydanozu, Kiashém, Selam Otu, Yaban Kereviz, Yaban Kerevizi

Common Names in Ukrainian:

Любисток лікарський


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Genus Levisticum

Herbs perennial , stout. Leaves 23-pinnate. Umbels compound , terminal and lateral ; bracts and bracteoles several. Calyx teeth obsolete . Petals yellowish green to yellow, elliptic , apex incurved . Fruit ellipsoid , slightly flattened dorsally ; dorsal ribs obtusely prominent , lateral ribs narrowly thick-winged; vittae 1 in each furrow, 2 on commissure . Seed face plane . Carpophore 2-cleft to base .

Three species: Afghanistan, SW Asia, Europe, North America; one species (introduced ) in China.[1]

Physical Description

Habit: Forb/herb

Flowers: Bloom Period: June. • Flower Color: chartreuseyellow-green


Size: 36-48" tall.


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 2,429 meters (0 to 7,969 feet).[2]


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Duration: Perennial


Culture: Space 18-24" apart.

Soil: Minimum pH: 6.1 • Maximum pH: 7.8

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade.

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b. (map)


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Hipposelinum levisticum (L.) Britt. & Rose • Levisticum paludapifolium Aschers.


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 15-Mar-2000

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Levisticum

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 1 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

L. officinale (Garden Lovage)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 16, 2008:



  1. Pan Zehui, Mark F. Watson "Levisticum". in Flora of China Vol. 14 Page 172. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
  2. Mean = 196.290 meters (643.996 feet), Standard Deviation = 245.100 based on 482 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-12-02