Flat Italian Parsley
Flat Italian parsley stays green in the garden summer to winter.

Flat Italian Parsley

(Petroselinum crispum)
  • Type: Biennial (it grows the first season and blooms the second)
  • Planting time: Spring, fall
  • Features: Flat, green leaves are easy to chop
  • Light: Sun to part shade
  • Soil: Light, well drained
  • Plant spacing: 15 to 18 inches
  • Plant size: 1 foot tall
  • Garden use: Containers, flower and herb beds
  • Culinary use: Garnish, seasoning, salads, palate cleanser

This Italian flat-leafed parsley has, of course, flat leaves, which distinguish it from the better-known curly-leafed parsley. At first the foliage might be easily confused with cilantro. However, its flavor is distinctly parsley, and it is favored for its deep flavor, which some say holds up better in cooking than curly parsley. It is popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Easy to chop, the nutritious flat leaves are high in iron and in vitamins A, C, and E. A high chlorophyll content makes it a natural breath sweetener, too.

This is a great plant for containers, especially for fall and winter in zone 7 and south. Of course, you can also use it in vegetable and herb beds. In a flower bed it makes a nice, green leafy companion to small flowers such as pansies. It is also more tolerant of hot weather than curly parsley (which can struggle during the peak of summer) and is frost tolerant.

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Flat Italian Parsley is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent, fast growing, tasty herb: I use herbs in my ccoking which add taste and color to any dish. I keep this herb at all times.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From the moment I bought it to the moment I planted it bloomed and hasn't stopped. It's so big now, my neighbors come and ask me for some since its the freshest. It won't be the only plant I buy from Bonnie Plants.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This herb is a fast grower. I didn't know that it was a plant that lasts 2 years, then you have to get other plant samplings from the roots to start new ones before they get bitter, not that you cannot use them, but you want to keep them growing, lol. Healthy, delicious, full of vitamins, iron, and fiber very good eating.
Date published: 2015-04-26
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