Smyrnium olusatrumRegular price $12.00 Save $-12.00
Smyrnium olustram also known as Alexanders, Horse Parsley and Black Lovage is actually an edible plant but we grow it for its fantastic flower heads and the fact that is noted for attracting wildlife and pollinators. Not fussy about soil at all it will cope in sandy soils as well as clay and can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It is also great for coastal locations, but does like a moist soil so a layer of mulch will help to keep in some moisture. It is hardy so can cope with extremes of temperature.
This plant is a bienniel so spends its first year putting on leaf growth before flowering in its second year and setting seed. It has attractive glossy leaves that are bluntly toothed in groups of three - trifoliate. The stems are thick and succulent and resemble a rounded celery stalk. The flowers are arranged in umbels and flowering occurs from around about September through December. The plant has a fragrant sweet almost spicy smell to it. The plant does have medicinal properties as well as the fact it can be eaten and you can find plenty of information on the internet about this. The plant was actually brought over to England by the Romans and it was used a lot in British cooking but has now been replaced by Celery. The leaves of Smyrnium were also used as a fodder crop.
Height 1.5m x 1m Wide
Hardy | Will self sow
Plant size PB 2 | Equivalent 1.2 litres