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

Common names
  • Curly Parsley
  • Parsley

Photo Gallery
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 04-19-17
newly emerged male and female Black Swallowtail butterflies place
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas -- Bad Internet right now; If in wrong place, feel free to comment. Photos might jump sometimes
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-02-11
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-02-11
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Bobs Farm, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2011-05-18
hydroponics using waste products from Barramundi farming.
Location: Maryland
Date: Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on parsley.
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2010-10-29
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-05-18
Location: Cooks Nursery,  Orem, Utah
Date: 2011-12-17
Uploaded by Mefforde
Uploaded by rakami
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2011-10-06
With a young Black Swallowtail caterpillar
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2011-10-06
With a Black Swallowtail caterpillar
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: July 2019
4 young plants together.
Location: Mason, New Hampshire (zone 5b)
Date: 2012

Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-08-25
With a Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Date: 2012-12-01

Date: 2012-12-01
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-08-29
There are 4 Black Swallowtail caterpillars in this pic. #Pollinat

Date: 2012-11-02

Date: 2012-11-02

Date: 2014-02-28

Date: 2014-02-28
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 3, 2014 9:11 PM concerning plant:
    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.

  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:15 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by riceke (Snellville, GA - Zone 7b) on Jan 22, 2014 1:01 PM concerning plant:
    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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