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Italian Parsley

Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum

Also known as

Flat Leaf Parsley, Pietersielie (Afr.), Parsley, French parsley

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Italian Parsley Overview

Italian parsley is the more popular, flat-leaved variety of the world's most well-known herb. It has a tangy-sweet flavour, stronger than Curly leaf parsley, thanks to higher levels of essential oil. Also easier to cut up. This member of the carrot family is often one of the beginner gardener's first plants. Apart from common culinary uses, it is also found in shampoo, perfume and dye.

Common problems with Italian Parsley

Italian Parsley Companion Plants

Sweetcorn, asparagus, lettuce, celery, spinach, tomatoes, carrots

How to harvest Italian Parsley

Leaves can be harvested from late Autumn on throughout the year. Pinch back flowers to lengthen the harvesting period. Flat-leaved Parsley is good for drying.

How to propagate Italian Parsley


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


Parsley has a long taproot and does not transplant well.

Special features of Italian Parsley

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and bees

Crop rotation

Medium Feeder

Pot plant

Excellent pot plant. Use a long narrow pot, to make room for the long taproot.

Repels harmful insects

Juice rubbed into the skin repels mosquitoes.

Other uses of Italian Parsley

Culinary, medicinal, soil conditioner


Useful to stimulate appetite, relieve flatulence and urinary tract troubles and to improve function of adrenal glands. Acts against bad breath and sooths bee stings and open wounds.


Ideal for all tomato based dishes. Leaves and stalks have a clean, peppery flavour used universally in all kinds of food, and as a garnish. Contains Vit A and C, Calcium and Iron. Roots edible.


Parsley seed oil is used in fragrance of 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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