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Curly Leaf Parsley

Petroselinum crispum var. crispum

Petroselinum crispum 002 by H. Zell (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Curly Leaf Parsley Overview

One of the most well-known, popular herbs the world over and ideal for the kitchen garden. Curly Leaf Parsley is one of the two main groups of parsley - the other being Flat-leaved Parsley. Petroselinum crispum var. crispum forms a vigorous rosette of green foliage and is chosen by many chefs as a garnish for its attractive, compact, curly leaves. There are more than 30 variations of Curly leaved Parsley. This plant is part of the Petroselinum genus and its thought to be a variety, this is a taxonomic level below that of species.

Common problems with Curly Leaf Parsley

Cabbage loopers.

Curly Leaf Parsley Companion Plants

How to harvest Curly Leaf Parsley

Leaves ready for harvest 80 days after sowing. To ensure the best-flavoured leaves, treat Parsley like an annual - cut out the flower stalk when it appears to prevent the plant from going to seed and harvest leaves as needed. Best used during the first year. Can be frozen or dried. Let the plant produce seed in the 2nd season when leaves will turn bitter.

How to propagate Curly Leaf Parsley


In Spring to Summer, soak seeds for 3 days, changing the water every day. Then sow in a spot with bright light, 6mm deep, in rich, well-drained soil. Keep moist. Germination in 5-6 weeks.

Special features of Curly Leaf Parsley

Pot plant

Well suited as a pot plant. Will give a continuous crop if clipped regularly. Use a pot that is at least 30cm x 30cm.

Attracts useful insects

Parlsey blooms will attract insects.

Attracts bees

Other uses of Curly Leaf Parsley


Useful to stimulate appetite, relieve flatulence and urinary tract troubles and to improve the function of adrenal glands. Acts against bad breath and soothes bee stings and open wounds. High chlorophyll content gives it antiseptic properties.


Leaves and stalks have a clean, peppery flavour used universally in all kinds of food, and as a garnish. Contains a lot of Vit A and C, Calcium and Iron. Contains essential oil and coumarin. Leaves have a fresh taste, but the stems' flavour is stronger.


Parsley seed oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

Edibles to Sow Under Cover in December

Grow these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator for winter picking.

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Whether its for their leaves or flowers, grow these plants nearby to use in culinary dishes.

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