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PETROSELINUM crispum 'Catalogno'

Image of Petroselinum crispum 'Catalogno' (Neapolitanum Group)

James H. Schutte

Family

Apiaceae

Botanical Name

PETROSELINUM crispum 'Catalogno'( Neapolitanum Group)

Plant Common Name

Catalogno Parsley, Flatleaf Parsley, Parsley

General Description

This Italian flatleaf parsley cultivar produces lots of extra large, flat, flavorful leaves and is slow to bolt. The leaves are ready to harvest around 78 days from planting.

Parsley is a biennial herb from southern Europe grown for its piquant, dark green leaves. As its common name suggests, flat-leafed parsley (also known as Italian parsley) has unruffled leaves rather than curly. The leaves of parsleys in the Neapolitanum Group are more flavorful than those of curly forms and are used to season salads, soups, meats and pasta dishes. The leaves are ready to harvest around 70 to 80 days after planting.

Parsley forms a rosette of bright green, flattened or curly leaves. The plant is technically a biennial but is most often grown as an annual. Umbels of yellowish-green flowers are produced in the summer of its second year. The seed that follows will fall to the ground and often germinate. After blooming and setting seed, the plant will die.

Grow this herb in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Parsley tastes best in the first year during the cool season and becomes bitter in the second year and during flowering, so it’s best to start a new crop each year. Plants are commonly grown from seed and planted in spring. They can also be planted in fall where winters are mild.

Grow parsley in an herb garden or vegetable patch. It also works well in containers or as a foliage plant in mixed borders. It is also ideal for butterfly gardens as its leaves are favored by black swallowtail caterpillars.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Herb

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes