Scottish lovage

Ligusticum scoticum (Scottish lovage) adds wonderful architecture to any garden while also being a host plant to swallowtail butterflies.

This lovage is found near the coasts of northern Europe and north-eastern North America. It is edible, with a flavor resembling parsley or celery. Native Americans, especially in Alaska, ate the leaves raw or cooked, or as a seasoning for meat and fish. Swallowtail butterflies lay eggs on this plant in the spring and late summer, so avoid cutting back the foliage even if its past its prime, as eggs and caterpillars may be present. The seed tops make beautiful winter interest.

Botanical Name Ligusticum scoticum
Common Name Scottish lovage
Family Apiaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 1-2ft x 0.5-1ft (30-60cm x 15-30cm)
Flower Color White
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native to Coastal Regions of Northern North America and Northern Europe
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate


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