Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum (P. Mill.) Nyman ex A.W. Hill
Synonym: Apium petroselinum, Carum petroselinum, Petroselinum hortense, Petroselinum sativum, Petroselinum vulgare
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 642.
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: All zones
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Origin: Southern Europe, eastern Mediterranean
Growth Habits: Biennial grown as annual
Watering Needs: Regular water
Propagation: Seeds in early spring, notoriously slow to germinate
The most common varieties encountered in the US grocery stores are 'crispum', curly parsley, better used for decoration, and the 'neapolitanum' with flat leaves, more flavorful for cooking and salads.
The germination can take 10-25 days. Soaking the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting will speed the process. The best time is in the fall for the mild winter areas and the spring for the others. Parsley can be harvested for about 3 to 6 months.