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Status in Florida: Cultivated, not native

•Size at Maturity: Curly Parsley typically grows as a biennial herb, reaching heights of about 6 to 12 inches tall.

•Phenology: Biennial herb with bright green, curly or ruffled leaves.

•Life Cycle: Biennial, but often grown as an annual

•Bloom Season: In its second year, Curly Parsley produces small yellow-green flowers in umbels, typically in late spring to early summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, fertile soil; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; keep soil consistently moist but not waterlogged

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Curly Parsley is typically grown in herb gardens, vegetable gardens, or containers. It adds flavor and texture to culinary dishes and can also be used as an ornamental accent.

•Maintenance Tips: Keep plants well-watered and provide occasional fertilization. Harvest leaves regularly to encourage new growth and prevent plants from bolting (producing flowers) in their second year.

•Considerations: Curly Parsley is valued for its culinary uses, adding flavor and texture to a wide range of dishes, including soups, salads, and sauces.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on parsley foliage, but it is not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: The leaves of Curly Parsley are edible and commonly used as a culinary herb. The flavor is fresh and slightly peppery, adding depth to dishes.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used in herbal medicine for various purposes, including as a digestive aid and breath freshener.

•Toxicity to Pets: Curly Parsley is generally considered safe for pets when consumed in small quantities as a culinary herb.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: While not native to Florida, Curly Parsley can be grown alongside native plants in gardens to provide culinary benefits and ornamental interest.

Host plant for the swallowtail butterflies and a tasty addition to the kitchen garden

Curly Parsley - Petroselinum crispum, non-native


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