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Plant description:

Parsley, one of the most popular culinary herbs, is excellent for flavouring or garnishing a variety of savoury dishes. Curly parsley (P. crispum) has tightly packed, crinked leaves while Italian or flat- leaf parsley (P. var. neapolitanum) has smooth, flat leaves. Curly parsley makes a lovely border in the flower garden and is also excellent as a container plant. When planted alongside roses, it helps to curb insect pests by attracting beneficial insects, like ladybirds, which feed on aphids.

Family: Apiaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: pet-roh-sel-EE-num

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Botanical name

Petroselinum species

Plant Care

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Common name(s)

Parsley

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Uses in landscape design

Parsley makes a good container plant. Make sure to put it in a sunny position.

Planting instructions

As parsley develops long, tap-like roots it is best planted out from seed trays as soon as possible.

Maintenance

Never allow the soil to dry out and to prolong parsley's life span, cut off flowering heads.

Soil conditions

Parsley likes rich, moist soil.

Uses

Parsley, one of the most popular culinary herbs, is excellent for flavouring or garnishing a variety of savoury dishes.
Chew fresh parsley leaves to sweeten the breath.
Medicinal – A tea made from fresh parsley leaves, can be used to treat kidney and bladder infections, flatulence and even stimulates the appetite. Crushed leaves and seeds can be applied to insect stings to help soothe them. 

Propagation

Propagate from seed. As parsley develops long, tap-like roots it is best planted out from seed trays as soon as possible.

Possible problems

Never allow the soil to dry out.

Harvest

Pick leaves at any time and collect seeds when ripe.

When to sow

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