Alexanders, Black Lovage, Black Potherb, Horse Parsley
Smyrnium olusatrum

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Smyrnium (SMIR-nee-um) (Info)
Species: olusatrum

Category:

Biennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cumming, Georgia

Felida, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Has been used throughout time for medicinal purposes. Entire plant can be eaten. Leaves can be substituted for parsley; stems and roots can be used in place of celery; flowers add flavor to salads; and the spicy seeds can be used like pepper. Used in the past to treat asthma, wounds and menstrual problems.

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On Aug 23, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

I've tried repeatedly to grow this plant from seed obtained from Nichols nursery. The plants only get so big, then fail. Now I know why! Its too cold here! I'm in zone 4.