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About This Plant...
Genus and species:Levisticum officinale
Height and width:36-72 inches high; 36 inches wide
Location and soil:sun or partial shade; rich, moist, well-drained soil
Uses:fresh or dried leaves and stems in soups, stews, and sauces; fresh leaves and stems in salads; seeds in pickling brines, cheese spreads, dressings, sauces, and breads; beneficial wasps like flowers
Propagation methods:seeds and division
Time needed to reach transplant size:6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden:2-3 weeks before last spring frost
When to sow outdoors:2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time:10-20 days
Germination temp.:70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:
Spacing between plants:30 inches
Spacing between rows:30 inches
Harvest:pick leaves and stems at any time; harvest seeds when mature by cutting off flower heads and sifting out seeds, then store in an airtight jar