Italian of flat leaf parsley

Italian or flat-leaf parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum)

Updated: February 20, 2023

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)


Parsley is a hardy biennial that is usually treated as an annual. It is popular because of its much divided, sometimes curly leaves, which have a characteristic flavor and smell.

curly leaved parsley
Parsley growing in a garden 


Parsley can be grown from seed started in early spring, but it is slow to germinate. Space plants about 6" apart. 


Cut parsley when the leaves are of suitable size. Leaves can be used fresh or dry.


Parsley is one of the most familiar of all herbs and is used for both garnishing and flavoring. It is relatively high in vitamins A and C and iron.   

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