Garden Parsley - Petroselinum crispum


Petroselinum crispum is a low growing, bushy plant with rich green, crisped, 2 to 3 pinnate, aromatic leaves, and small yellow-green flowers which appear in umbels in the second year.

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Photos of plant in habitat, plus details of flowers and leaves


Usually found as a casual garden escape fairly close to habitation.

When to see it


Life History


UK Status

Recorded widely in England and Wales as a casual garden escape, less so in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Occasional casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); rare

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map