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Curly leaf parsley       

Petroselinum crispum var. crispum

Belonging to the Petroselinum genus, Curly leaf parsley has a botanical name of Petroselinum crispum var. crispum.

Parsley is a biennial herb with a fleshy root and compound leaves. Dense fine foliage, closely curled, very dark green. It has plain cream coloured flowers grouped in umbelles and small dry seeds.
Excellent for flavouring soups, salads, stews or as a garnish. Very good for freezing.
Attracts caterpillars (Black Swallowtail)

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.2 cm (0.08 inches imperial) and produce a herb fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Yellow-green and   Cream. The mature flowers are of a clustered form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Camouflage green and   Sandy brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Kelly green and   La Salle Green

Curly leaf parsley grows as a biennial and is a flowering edible herb / vegetable. Being a biennial plant, it tends to grow best over the course of two years.

Curly leaf parsley is known for growing with a phorb habit to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (that's 1.95 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in early autumn.

Try planting Curly leaf parsley if you'd like to attract butterflies to your garden.

Popular varieties of Curly leaf parsley include: Moss Curled, Triple Curled, Forest Green, Extra Triple Curled and Extra Curled Dwarf.

Romania is believed to be where Curly leaf parsley originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Curly leaf parsley is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Curly leaf parsley have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Curly leaf parsley

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Biennial, so remove the flowers when they form to help the plant produce more leaves.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 5 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Planting Curly leaf parsley in loamy soil with a ph of between 5.6 and 6.0 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Curly leaf parsley is thought of as hardy, so this plant will grow or become dormant during the winter.

See our list of companion Plants for Curly leaf parsley to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Curly leaf parsley from seed

Sow in early spring in a sunny or partially shaded location in rich soil. Keep soil moist. Hasten germination by soaking seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water as germination can be slow

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 6.83 inches (17.5 cm) between Curly leaf parsley plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Curly leaf parsley about 35 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Curly leaf parsley

Plant in clumps in in a partly shaded site for summer use or if to be overwintered choose a more sunny position.

As Curly leaf parsley is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Curly leaf parsley

Leaves can be picked at any time,

Seed Saving Curly leaf parsley

Seed viability is one year.

How long does Curly leaf parsley take to grow?

These estimates for how long Curly leaf parsley takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Curly leaf parsley to germinate?
12 days

Average 12 days | Min 1 days | Max 29 days (138)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Curly leaf parsley?
+ 23 days

Average 23 days | Min 12 days | Max 56 days (7)

Days to Maturity How long until Curly leaf parsley is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 61 days

Average 61 days | Min 11 days | Max 561 days (17)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Curly leaf parsley?
= 96 days

When should I plant Curly leaf parsley?

Our when to plant Curly leaf parsley estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Curly leaf parsley before or after your last frost date.
35 days before Last Frost Date

Curly leaf parsley Folklore & Trivia

As well as its culinary properties, parsley has been grown traditionally for remedies to help skin ailments and itching as well as its diuresis and laxative properties

Other names for Curly leaf parsley

Curly parsley, Parsely parsnip, Persil, Parsley

Petroselinum crispum, Petroselinum hortense, Petroselinum sativum

Misspellings: Curley leaf parsley, curly-leaf parsley

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