Thomas Jefferson grew the plain-leaf or Italian Parsley as early as 1774 and listed it as Common Parsley in his vegetable garden calendar. This flat-leaf type is considered more flavorful than the curled form also planted by Jefferson. Parsley can be grown as an annual or biennial; if allowed to flower in its second year, parsley will attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Native Distribution: The Mediterranean
Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost date at 70 degrees F. Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing, which can help speed up the standard 3-4 week germination period. Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors after last frost. Can also be sown directly in the garden. Approximately 100 Italian Parsley seeds per packet.
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