Flat-Leaved Parsley

Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum

Neapolitan Parsley, Italian Parsley, Plain-Leaved Parsley

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Italian parsley is the more popular, flat-leaved variety of the world's most well-known herb. It has a tangy-sweet flavour, stronger than Curly leaf parsley, thanks to higher levels of essential oil. Also easier to cut up. This member of the carrot family is often one of the beginner gardener's first plants. Apart from common culinary uses, it is also found in shampoo, perfume and dye.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested from late Autumn on throughout the year. Pinch back flowers to lengthen the harvesting period. Flat-leaved Parsley is good for drying.

Propagation

Seed

In Spring to Summer, soak seeds for 3 days, changing water every day. Then sow in a spot with bright light, 6mm deep, in rich, well-drained soil. Germination in 5 - 6 weeks.

Division

Parsley has a long taproot and does not transplant well.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and bees

Crop rotation

Medium Feeder

Pot plant

Excellent pot plant. Use a long narrow pot, to make room for the long taproot.

Repels harmful insects

Juice rubbed into the skin repels mosquitoes.

Special features

Origin

Mediteranean and Egypt

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Useful to stimulate appetite, relieve flatulence and urinary tract troubles and to improve function of adrenal glands. Acts against bad breath and sooths bee stings and open wounds.

Edible

Ideal for all tomato based dishes. Leaves and stalks have a clean, peppery flavour used universally in all kinds of food, and as a garnish. Contains Vit A and C, Calcium and Iron. Roots edible.

Cosmetic

Parsley seed oil is used in fragrance of soaps and cosmetics.

Notes

Culinary, medicinal, soil conditioner

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Whitefly, Cabbage loopers, Carrot rust flies and weevils, nematodes and spider mites. Spray under the leaves with inseciticidal soap against whiteflies.TParsley is a host for butterfly larvae. By planting extra, you can support a swallowtail butterfly colony and lure insects away from your other vegetables.
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