Petroselinum crispum 'var. crispum'
Curly Parsley foliage
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Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 16 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: French Parsley
This variety produces aromatic, dense curled foliage that is deep green; use in soups, salads or as a garnish; requires a well prepared fertilized soil and even moisture
Curly Parsley is a perennial herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. The fragrant ferny compound dark green leaves are usually harvested from late spring to mid summer. The leaves have a bitter taste and a light fragrance.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Curly Parsley's attractive fragrant ferny compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
This is a dense herbaceous perennial herb with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Curly Parsley is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Herb Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Curly Parsley will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies.
This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Curly Parsley is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.