Curly Parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. crispum) in the Parsleys Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 9-12 inches
Flower Color: Other: Chartreuse
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Pollinators: Various insects

newly emerged male and female Black Swallowtail butterflies place

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Jan 3, 2014 9:11 PM

This is the variety I usually grow. I used to only grow it for the butterflies (and their caterpillars), but since we have two lopped eared bunnies, I grow it and split the parsley between the bunnies and the caterpillars.

I don't know whether the bunnies would eat the Italian parsley, so I avoid it while looking for the curly parsley. I'm thinking that the Italian variety might have some strong "flavor" that they wouldn't like, and I'm not going to take a chance.

Because I've been splitting the parsley between the two groups, I make sure to rinse the parsley very well before giving any to the bunnies.

I grow organically, and our bunnies really enjoy the home grown parsley so much that they "turn their noses up" if I give them parsley from a store.

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Posted by riceke (Snellville, GA - Zone 7b) on Jan 22, 2014 1:01 PM

Most descriptions say that the Italian Flat Leaf parsley has stronger flavor than the curled variety, but I find it just the opposite, especially when chopping for cooking. Also, after growing both kinds for well over 10 years, I have found that the Italian flat seems to be a little bit hardier.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:15 PM

Petroselinum crispum is a larval host plant for the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Black Swallowtail caterpillars bear some resemblance to Monarch caterpillars.

This plant also attracts beneficial insects to the garden, including tachinid flies, parasitic mini-wasps, and hoverflies. These beneficial insects eat a variety of common garden pests, such as aphids, armyworms, codling moths, European corn borer, flies, gypsy moths, cabbageworms, May beetles, sawflies, squash bugs, and many other small caterpillars and insects.

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