Alexanders | Smyrnium olusatrum

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Elevate your garden with the historical charm of Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum). This aromatic biennial, also known as black lovage, showcases robust stems, pinnate leaves, and clusters of small yellow flowers. Thriving in diverse habitats, from coastal areas to hedgerows, Alexanders is a resilient addition to any landscape. Loved by bees and birds, it not only enhances pollination but also supports local wildlife. Easy to grow and maintain, this herb’s adaptability and historical significance make it a captivating choice for gardeners seeking a unique and ornamental addition to their wildflower collection. Transform your space with the timeless allure of Alexanders.


Botanical Information

Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) is a resilient biennial plant with historical significance. Belonging to the Apiaceae family, it boasts robust stems, pinnate leaves, and umbrella-like clusters of small yellow flowers. This aromatic herb, also known as black lovage, thrives in a variety of environments, bringing both ornamental and culinary value to gardens.


Native to the Mediterranean region, Alexanders adapts well to diverse habitats, flourishing in coastal areas, hedgerows, and disturbed sites. Its versatility allows it to establish in both sunny and partially shaded locations, making it a hardy addition to a range of ecological niches. The plant’s preference for nutrient-rich, well-drained soil contributes to its widespread presence in suitable habitats.

Benefits to Wildlife

Alexanders serves as a valuable resource for wildlife. Bees are particularly drawn to its yellow flowers, contributing to pollination in the surrounding area. Additionally, the plant’s seeds offer a food source for birds, further enhancing its ecological importance. The robust structure of Alexanders provides shelter for insects, supporting biodiversity in the garden.

Conservation Status in the UK

With a stable and widespread population, Alexanders is not currently a conservation concern in the United Kingdom. Its adaptability and ability to thrive in various habitats contribute to its resilience. While not officially endangered, preserving diverse habitats remains crucial for maintaining the plant’s ecological role and supporting local ecosystems.

Ease of Growing

Alexanders is known for its ease of cultivation, making it an attractive option for gardeners. It readily self-seeds, allowing for natural propagation, and is tolerant of various soil conditions. This low-maintenance herb requires minimal care once established. Gardeners seeking a robust, versatile addition to their landscapes will appreciate the straightforward nature of growing Alexanders.

Alexanders is a robust and adaptable biennial plant with both historical and ecological significance. Whether adding culinary flair to gardens or providing resources for pollinators and wildlife, this herb proves to be a versatile and resilient choice. As conservation efforts continue, recognizing the role of Alexanders in supporting biodiversity highlights its importance in sustainable gardening practices.

More Information

Wild Food UK

First Nature

Complementing Species

Devil’s-bit Scabious | Succisa pratensis

Kidney-Vetch | Anthyllis vulneraria

Miscellaneous Hawkbit (Leontodon)

All Wildflowers

Additional information

Weight 1 kg


Flowering Months

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Soil moisture

Dry, Normal, Well draining


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