Parsley / Persil / Μαϊντανός


Common Name: Parsley / Persil / Μαϊντανός

Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum


Plant’s cycle: Biennial

Light Requirement: full sun or semi-shade

Soil type: all well drained moist soils

Sowing in nursery:   late winter, transplant in mid-spring

Direct Planting: from Spring to Summer

Germination: 7 days after sowing at 25°C

Spacing: 8cm/25cm/1cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: by insects

Plant is Self-fertile

Seed preservation: 3 years


Edible Parts: Leaves

Antidandruff;  Antispasmodic;  Aperient;  Birthing aidCancer;  Carminative;  Depurative;  Digestive;  DiureticEmmenagogue;  Expectorant;   Galactofuge;  Kidney;  Odontalgic, Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  Skin;  Stings;  Stomachic;  Tonic.
The fresh leaves are highly nutritious and can be considered a natural vitamin and mineral supplement in their own right. The plants prime use is as a diuretic where it is effective in ridding the body of stones and in treating jaundice, dropsy, cystitis etc. It is also a good detoxifier, helping the body to get rid of toxins via the urine and therefore helping in the treatment of a wide range of diseases.



Other Uses: Essential Oil;  Repellent.
A good companion plant, repelling insects from nearby plants. The juice is an effective mosquito repellent when it is rubbed into the skin and is also used to relieve the pain of stings and bites.

Known Hazards: Although perfectly safe to eat and nutritious in amounts that are given in recipes, parsley is toxic in excess, especially when used as an essential oil. Avoid during pregnancy as parsley fruit associated with abortions. Avoid with kidney disease. Caution with allopathic medications as associated with serotonin activity.