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Flat-Leaf Parsley

Flat-Leaf Parsley

Flat-Leaf parsley

Also known as Italian Flat-Leaf parsley, it is sometimes visually confused with cilantro because of the similar appearance of the leaves. But, the flavor is distinctive! Some chefs prefer flat-leaf parsley over curly parsley because it’s easier to handle and chop.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 3 to 9


  • 8 to 12 inches apart


  • Water deeply 1 inch a week


  • Grows up to 1 foot tall
  • Broad, flat leaves
  • Bold, aromatic flavor
  • Color ranges from dark green to bright, leafy green
  • Needs full sun to part shade—is more heat-tolerant than curly parsley

Do you grow flat-leaf parsley? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a bountiful harvest and how you cook with flat-leaf parsley.


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