Petroselinum crispum ‘French’

French parsley

  • Botanical name: Petroselinum crispum 'French'
  • Common name: French parsley
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Plant Type: Biennial, Herb
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Parsley is the herb of choice for a garnish, but it’s also used in bouquet garnis, as the main ingredient in parsley sauce, and as an ingredient in soups and fish dishes. Native to the mediterranean, it’s a rich source of vitamin C and iron, and is said to cure bad breath and cleanse the skin.


Petroselinum crispum ‘French’ has flat, deep-green leaves similar to coriander, with a stronger parsley flavour than curled parsley, P. crispum. Due to its stronger flavour, ‘French’ is better used in culinary dishes, rather than as a garnish.

How to grow Petroselinum 'French'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

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Petroselinum 'French' and wildlife

Petroselinum 'French' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Petroselinum 'French' poisonous?

Petroselinum 'French' can be toxic.

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Petroselinum 'French'

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