Levisticum officinale, or more commonly known as Lovage, is a hardy, vigorous perennial used in teas, soups, salads, gravy, meat and chicken dishes as well as a vegetable. Lovage tastes like celery but stronger and sweeter and the entire plant is edible. The plant grows quite large with green leaves similar to celery and flat-topped flower heads in summer. Lovage likes fairly rich, moist soil and light shade to grow best. It can be used as a background plant in a perennial border. Leaves and stems can be used fresh anytime. Young leaves are more tender and leaves can be treid for later use.