Petroselinum crispum


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Plant type


Flower colour



Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Juliette Wade, copyright GAP Photos (51130)

Plant details

An indispensable herb, this has a multitude of uses, not least for garden decoration where the mounds of daintily curled leaves are an asset anywhere. They make a decorative edging to beds and paths, and also complement seasonal flowers in window-boxes, containers and hanging baskets. If protected from frost, the biennial plants can be cropped right through the winter and into their second year. Make two sowings a year to ensure there is never a shortage of fresh parsley, and pot up a few plants in autumn for cutting in winter on a window-sill.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Petroselinum

Species: crispum

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: April to August

Reader reviews


A HARDY curled parsley can be a useful addition to soups and cheese dishes in the Winter when there is less around to choose from. A hardy variety will survive frosts and snow. I really like FLAT LEAVED parsley varieties as well as they can even be added to salads in the Summer. As this variety is half hardy I might choose a different one.


Couldn't add this parsley to my Gardeners World scrapbook as I kept getting an advert each time I clicked on the scrap book icon next to the Latin plant name. Disappointing.
*** for the plant.
* to GW for adding adverts where they aren't wanted!

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