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Ligusticum mutellina - (L.)Crantz.

Common Name Mountain Lovage, Alpine lovage
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mountains, C. and S. Europe[50].
Range Europe.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Ligusticum mutellina Mountain Lovage, Alpine lovage


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ligusticum mutellina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Aethusa mutellina. Meum mutallina.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Leaves. Used as a parsley substitute[46, 61, 177]. The dried leaves are a tea substitute[46, 61].

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Medicinal Uses

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Stomachic

Stomachic[46, 61].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame in the autumn. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a greenhouse or cold frame[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer if they have grown large enough. Otherwise, keep them in a cold frame for the first winter and plant them out in early summer. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Roy Shephard   Thu Jun 30 19:34:42 2005

The roots are used in the production of a type of Schnapps in Bayern Germany. Search on site google.de for "Baerwurz" Numerous distillery sites are listed with details of their production method.

Dr. med. Veronika Rampold   Thu Dec 22 2005

"baerwurz" means actually meum athamanticum. the plant descirbed above, however, was used by Swiss farmers in same way as Baerwurz. See Fournier, Le livre des plantes medicinales et veneneuses de France, which is another important source on european medical plants. In this work, Ligusticum mutellina is described as a plant with pink flower, growing in Swiss Alps, often in masses. "Where it grows, livestock and wildlife loves it much, and the amount and üquality of milk this livestock gives ist praised much" The root is used as a flavor for cheese.

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