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Alexanders

Smyrnium olusatrum

Also known as

Black lovage, Horse parsley

Smyrnium olusatrum 0003 by tato grasso (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

80cm

50cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Alexanders

A close up of some yellow green Smyrnium olusatrum flowers
A close up of some Smyrnium olusatrum
A close up of a green Smyrnium olusatrum plant in a garden

Alexanders Overview

Smyrnium olusatrum is commonly known as Alexanders or Alisanders. It is a hardy biennial species in the carrot family, Apiaceae. Typically growing to around 1.2m, this plant produces yellow-green to white flowers and edible, lemony foliage. The seeds are also edible, they have a pleasant peppery taste.

How to propagate Alexanders

Seed

Special features of Alexanders

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Alexanders

Wildflower/meadow, culinary. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Edible

Leaves and seeds are edible.