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    Be careful where you plant it! Grows tall (3'-4') and spreads but I like it as an ornamental edible. Bright shiny leaves emerging right now, grows tall within the year with large green/yellow flower heads, then dies back to overwinter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixC View Post
    Does anyone grow lovage? I planted some last year as from the description of the flavour I thought I would like it in cooking. The plant grew really well and still seems to be growing strongly through the winter,
    Mine doesn't carry on but dies off during the autumn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alldigging View Post
    Mine doesn't carry on but dies off during the autumn.
    Photo?
    This is the plant in question. Lovage?-0bd95aca-5973-4793-8e98-b39752e8dbae.jpeg

    I’ve been googling pictures and now I’m convincing myself it’s not lovage, the leaves don’t look right. But I’m sure it was labelled as lovage when I bought it...
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    Maybe the warm microclimate of London is enough for it to keep going? If that's so, it'll be a giant by the end of the year! Time to prune it, maybe?
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    Could it be Angelica?

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    Looks like Angelica, not lovage. I have both and have just compared them.
    Tried photos but its a bit gloomy. Here's lovage

    Lovage?-dscf9394.jpg

    Angelica leaves are pointier and the stems are reddish. Lovage leaves are rounded and stems are green.

    The easy way is to taste the leaves - which I've just done. Angelica tastes of that green crystalised stuff that decorates cakes - sweetish.

    Lovage tastes of celery and is slightly bitter.
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    I wouldn’t exactly say it tastes sweet, maybe a little, with a bitter aftertaste. It definitely has reddish stems. So on balance more likely Angelica. That explains why I wasn’t wild about the taste, although my herb book says you can eat Angelica leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Be careful where you plant it! Grows tall (3'-4') and spreads but I like it as an ornamental edible. Bright shiny leaves emerging right now, grows tall within the year with large green/yellow flower heads, then dies back to overwinter.
    Oh dear. I've just popped a tiny seedling into the a 600 wide bed on the edge of my allotment. Is my neighbour going to get annoyed? ��

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